Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rich sweet wine made from muscat grapes.
  • n. A muscat grape or raisin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A muscat grape or raisin, especially one from southern Spain.
  • n. A sweet wine made from these grapes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or designating, or derived from, a muscat grapes or similar grapes
  • n. A common name for several varieties of rich sweet wine, made in Italy, Spain, and France.
  • n. Finest raisins, dried on the vine; “sun raisins.”

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as muscadel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sweet aromatic grape used for raisins and wine
  • n. wine from muscat grapes

Etymologies

Middle English muscadelle, partly from Medieval Latin muscātellum (from muscātus, nutmeg, musky, from Late Latin muscus, musk; see musk), and partly from Old French muscadel (from Old Provençal, diminutive of muscat, muscat; see muscat).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • a piece of broiled steak, and I accepted a glass of muscatel, which is the accepted ladies 'wine here.

    A Woman's Impression of the Philippines

  • Unfortunately they don't export to the US, but their Syrah Gran Reserva and Cosecha Otoñal, a late harvest wine made with pink muscatel grapes, are almost worth the trip to Chile on their own.

    Matt Browner Hamlin: Wine Adventures in Chile

  • Unfortunately they don't export to the US, but their Syrah Gran Reserva and Cosecha Otoñal, a late harvest wine made with pink muscatel grapes, are almost worth the trip to Chile on their own.

    Matt Browner Hamlin: Wine Adventures in Chile

  • Down in the bottom of a deep locker he found a dozen bottles of angelica and muscatel.

    Chapter 32

  • He had decided to give up muscatel art for plaid capitalism.

    The Painter Tourist

  • He stared sleepily out the window at the raindrops and started to pull on a pint bottle of urine-yellow muscatel.

    The Convict and Other Stories

  • His dark hair was cropped short enough to see the four-inch scar some PCP-inspired cholo had made with a broken muscatel bottle.

    Babylon Nights

  • Could this be the shot-in-the-mouth that millions of not-so-God-fearing-Americans need to get the back on their feet ... stumbling and weaving to refill their snifters with some discounted muscatel from the local five and dime or bodega?

    Warren Holstein: Drinking Good for Depression? The Possible Repeal of Religious Repression

  • The tea can, of course, can be anything you care for: a fine Formosa Oolong, Rose Pouchong, Earl Grey (or a naughty two-in-a-bed of one teabag of Earl Grey and one of Lady Grey!), a delicate muscatel Darjeeling or just a good brew of PG Tips, but the nibbly bits must be Jaffa Cakes.

    Archive 2007-12-16

  • I can't believe you're not going to spring for a Felt Brougham as it is obviously an homage to The Great White Hypethough as such it should come inonly onr of two colors: muscatel or merlot.

    The Irrelevancy of Time: Bicycle Products Don't Spoil

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