Word of the Day : September 1, 2016


noun EE-nuh-fyle


: a lover or connoisseur of wine

Did You Know?

"It has become quite a common proverb that in wine there is truth," wrote the 1st-century A.D. Roman scholar, Pliny the Elder. The truth about the word wine is that it goes back to Latin vinum, but it is also a distant relative of the Greek word for wine, which is oinos. Indeed, Latin borrowed from the Greek to create a combining form that means "wine," oeno-. Modern French speakers combined oeno- with -phile (Greek for "lover of") to create oenophile before we adopted it from them in the mid-1800s. Oenophiles are sure to know oenology (now more often spelled enology) as the science of wine making and oenologist (now more often enologist) for one versed in oenology.


Serious oenophiles will not be impressed with this particular wine, but it should be up to the standards of less-discriminating consumers.

"Founded in 1992, New Orleans Wine and Food Experience has definitely earned its place as an event that oenophiles, gourmets and any combination thereof mark on their to-do list each year." — Sue Strachan, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana), 28 May 2016

Test Your Vocabulary

Unscramble the letters to create a word for someone who loves classical music: GRIOLHAN.



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