Definition: Wine

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From Middle English wyn, win, from Old English wīn, from Proto-West Germanic *wīn, from Proto-Germanic *wīną, either directly or via Latin vīnum from Proto-Indo-European *wóyh₁nom (wine). Doublet of vine.


wine (countable and uncountable, plural wines)

  1. An alcoholic beverage made by fermenting grape juice, with an ABV ranging from 5.5–16%.
    Wine is usually stronger than beer.
  2. An alcoholic beverage made by fermenting other substances, producing a similar ABV.
    Dandelion wine, rice wine, plum wine and cherry wine are just a few examples of the different types of wine; wine made with grapes is only the beginning.
  3. (countable) A serving of wine.
    I'd like three beers and two wines, please. My friend will have the same.
  4. (uncountable) The color of red wine, a deep reddish purple.

Derived terms

  • apple wine
  • barley wine
  • bishop's wine
  • dandelion wine
  • fruit wine
  • ginger wine
  • grape wine
  • honey wine
  • house wine
  • orange wine
  • palm wine
  • plum wine
  • red wine
  • rice wine
  • rosé wine
  • sparkling wine
  • strawberry wine
  • table wine
  • white wine
  • wine bottle
  • wine cellar
  • wine cooler
  • wineglass
  • wine grape
  • wine gum
  • winery
  • wineskin
  • winetasting
  • wine vinegar


wine (third-person singular simple present wines, present participle wining, simple past and past participle wined)

  1. To entertain someone with wine.
    The party guests were wined and dined.
  2. To drink wine.


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