American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sparkling white wine made from a blend of grapes, especially Chardonnay and pinot, produced in Champagne.
- n. A similar sparkling wine made elsewhere.
- n. A pale orange yellow to grayish yellow or yellowish gray.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The effervescent or so-called sparkling wine made within the limits of the old province of Champagne in northeastern France, chiefly in the region about Reims, Épernay, Avize, Ay, and Pierry, in the department of Marne. The vineyards are all situated within a district about twenty miles long, from Reims on the north to Vertus on the south, and are generally classed as “of the Hill” (montagne) and “of the River,” namely, along the Marne; but great quantities of new wine are brought from other regions, and each manufacturer makes a mixture or blend according to his own system, to produce the brand of wine known by his name. The effervescence is artificially produced, and is of the nature of an arrested or incomplete fermentation. The greater or less sweetness of the wine is produced by the addition of a liqueur consisting of sugarcandy dissolved in old wine; the different degrees of sweetness are indicated by the terms sec, ‘dry,’ doux, ‘sweet,’ and brut, which last term, denoting originally the new or unmanipulated wine, is now used for the manufactured wines having from 1 to 3 per cent. of liqueur. The sweeter wines are generally the more effervescent.
- n. Effervescent wine, wherever made: as, Swiss champagne; California champagne.
- n. uncountable A sparkling white wine made from a blend of grapes, especially Chardonnay and pinot, produced in Champagne by the méthode champenoise; (countable) any variety of champagne.
- n. countable A glass of champagne.
- n. informal Any sparkling white wine.
- n. A very pale brownish-gold colour, similar to that of champagne.
- adj. Of a very pale brownish-gold color, similar to that of champagne.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A light wine, of several kinds, originally made in the province of Champagne, in France.
- n. a white sparkling wine either produced in Champagne or resembling that produced there
- n. a region of northeastern France
- From French champagne. (Wiktionary)
- French, short for (vin de) Champagne, (wine from) Champagne, from Late Latin campānia, flat open country; see campaign. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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