Definitions

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  • n. A sweet, white Italian wine

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of sweet wine from Italy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of white wine.

Etymologies

Italian Vernaccia (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His wine he takes hot when the nights are cold, malvoisie or vernage, with as much spice as would cover the thumb-nail.

    The White Company

  • Here, Jacques, thou limb of the devil, bring a bottrine of the oldest vernage, and see that you do not shake it.

    The White Company

  • I was astonished those two should quarrel, for they have always been such friends that they had to be constantly reminded of the prohibition of particular friendships among the religious: but when they did, it reminded me of the adage that vernage makes the best vinegar.

    In Convent Walls The Story of the Despensers

  • I made answer: "seeing that some part of my tale, to correspond to the matter, should need to be writ in vernage, [Note 1] and some other in verjuice."

    In Convent Walls The Story of the Despensers

  • Take peeres and pare hem clene. take gode rede wyne & mulberes [2] oþer saundres and seeþ þe peeres þerin & whan þei buth ysode, take hem up, make a syryp of wyne greke. oþer vernage [3] with blaunche powdour oþer white sugur and powdour gyngur & do the peres þerin. seeþ it a lytel & messe it forth.

    The Forme of Cury A Roll of Ancient English Cookery Compiled, about A.D. 1390

  • Then, buying a flask of good vernage, he returned to

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

  • Parmesan cheese, whereon abode folk who did nothing but make maccaroni and ravioli [373] and cook them in capon-broth, after which they threw them down thence and whoso got most thereof had most; and that hard by ran a rivulet of vernage, [374] the best ever was drunk, without a drop of water therein.

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

  • 'How, then, shall we do?' asked Buffalmacco, and Bruno said, 'We must e'en do it with ginger boluses and good vernage [383] and invite them to drink.

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

  • Accordingly, he let keep a great fire still burning in the little room and causing guard the place well, returned not to the abbot till the following morning, when he brought him, in a very white napkin, two slices of toasted bread and a great beaker of his own Corniglia vernage [441] and bespoke him thus, 'Sir, when Ghino was young, he studied medicine and saith that he learned there was no better remedy for the stomach-complaint than that which he purposeth to apply to you and of which these things that I bring you are the beginning; wherefore do you take them and refresh yourself.'

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

  • Only thirteen days after, a haunch of prime venison was carried from my very tent door by the wolves, and on the same day two flasks of old vernage turned sour and muddy. "

    The White Company

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