noun, often attributive
\ ˈwīn How to pronounce wine (audio) \

Definition of wine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the alcoholic fermented juice of fresh grapes used as a beverage
b : wine or a substitute used in Christian communion services
2 : the alcoholic usually fermented juice of a plant product (such as a fruit) used as a beverage blackberry wine
3 : something that invigorates or intoxicates
4 : a dark red


wined; wining

Definition of wine (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to drink wine

transitive verb

: to give wine to wined and dined his friends

Examples of wine in a Sentence

Noun apple, blueberry, and other fruit wines
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Newberg, a town of 25,000 residents situated 25 miles southwest of Portland in gorgeous wine country, has become an unlikely focal point of a fight between the left and right across the nation over schooling. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2021 Visitors to the wine country destination have included celebrities and reality TV stars, said Peterson. oregonlive, 25 Sep. 2021 Argentina also scored two entries, with cosmopolitan Buenos Aires at No. 4 and Mendoza, in the heart of wine country, following close behind at No. 6. Sarah Bruning, Travel + Leisure, 8 Sep. 2021 Each morning you'll be greeted with soul-restoring mountain panoramas smack dab in Dahlonega’s wine country. Fox News, 4 Sep. 2021 City officials charged lavish meals, wine tastings, massages, an iPad and a 65-inch television to city credit cards. Richard Winton Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2021 Admission includes beer and wine tastings from the finest wineries and breweries thanks to Maple End Package Store., 3 Sep. 2021 The company Liechty worked for, D+T Excavation, was grading a lot for a 244-unit subdivision in Willamette Valley wine country. Jeffrey E. Stern, The Atlantic, 30 Aug. 2021 Airports in Napa and Sonoma counties are similarly serving their highest numbers of fliers, half of whom are estimated to be leisure travelers coming in, presumably, for wine tastings and tours. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nicknamed the Black Pearl, the resort saw entertainers such as Ray Charles and James Brown, who would wine and dine with other vacationers hailing from the eastern part of the country. Morgan Jerkins, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Aug. 2021 Many cities would love to have a major league team, and many are ramping up plans to wine and dine the A’s. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 May 2021 The idea, Levin said, is to consider the spirit in the same way someone would wine. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Apr. 2021 Feeling fine and ready to wine and dine with a dozen different dudes? Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Apr. 2020 The Press: Where to wine down on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve — wineries open for the holidays. Taylor Kate Brown,, 18 Dec. 2019 Louisiana Purchase will wine and dine guests at its second Sicilian Chefs Table dinner party. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Sep. 2019 Patrons can wine and dine on the small front patio, which captures the authentic neighborhood charm near the heart of the city. 603 E. 6th Ave. The Know Staff, The Know, 27 June 2019 Purists, like Hovhannisyan, insist that fresh lavash—torn and folded for easy scooping—is the only acceptable utensil for eating khash, and that vodka, never wine or beer, is its only worthy sidekick. Benjamin Kemper, Smithsonian, 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of wine


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1829, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for wine


Middle English win, from Old English wīn; akin to Old High German wīn wine; both ultimately from Latin vinum wine, perhaps of non-Indo-European origin; akin to the source of Greek oinos wine

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“Wine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wine

: an alcoholic drink made from the juice of grapes
: an alcoholic drink made from plants or fruits other than grapes
: a dark reddish-purple color


\ ˈwīn How to pronounce wine (audio) \

Kids Definition of wine

1 : an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of grapes
2 : an alcoholic beverage made from the usually fermented juice of fruits (as peaches) other than grapes


\ ˈwīn How to pronounce wine (audio) \

Medical Definition of wine

1 : fermented grape juice containing varying percentages of alcohol together with ethers and esters that give it bouquet and flavor
2 : a pharmaceutical preparation using wine as a vehicle


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