Definitions

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

  • n. The yield of wine or grapes from a vineyard or district during one season.
  • n. Wine, usually of high quality, identified as to year and vineyard or district of origin.
  • n. The year or place in which a wine is bottled.
  • n. The harvesting of a grape crop.
  • n. The initial stages of winemaking.
  • n. Informal A group or collection of people or things sharing certain characteristics.
  • n. Informal A year or period of origin: a car of 1942 vintage.
  • n. Informal Length of existence; age.
  • adj. Of or relating to a vintage.
  • adj. Characterized by excellence, maturity, and enduring appeal; classic.
  • adj. Old or outmoded.
  • adj. Of the best: played songs that were vintage Cole Porter.
  • adj. Of the most distinctive: "Fatalism has coexisted with vintage American overconfidence” ( Thomas Oliphant).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The yield of grapes or wine from a vineyard or district during one season
  • n. Wine, especially high-quality, identified as to year and vineyard or district of origin
  • n. The harvesting of a grape crop and the initial pressing of juice for winemaking
  • n. The year or place in which something is produced
  • adj. of or relating to a vintage, or to wine identified by a specific vintage
  • adj. having an enduring appeal; high-quality, classic (such as video or computer games from the 1980s and early 1990s, or old magazines, etc.)
  • adj. of a motor car built between the years 1919 and (usually) 1930 (or sometimes 1919 to 1925 in the USA).
  • v. To harvest (grapes).
  • v. To make (wine) from grapes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The produce of the vine for one season, in grapes or in wine.
  • n. The act or time of gathering the crop of grapes, or making the wine for a season.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To crop or gather, as grapes, at the vintage.
  • n. The gathering of the grapes; the season of grape-gathering; the grape-harvest.
  • n. The annual product of the grape-harvest, with especial reference to the wine obtained.
  • n. Wine in general.

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

  • n. a season's yield of wine from a vineyard
  • n. the oldness of wines

Etymologies

Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, alteration (influenced by viniter, vintner) of Old French vendange, from Latin vīndēmia : vīnum, grapes + dēmere, to take off (, de- + emere, to obtain).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman vintage, from Old French vendage, (cognate with French vendange), from Latin vīndēmia ("a gathering of grapes, vintage"), from vīnum ("wine") + dēmō ("take off or away, remove"), from de ("of; from, away from") + emō ("acquire, obtain"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • - "Most SF of a certain vintage is contaminated by the Marxist notion that history is the sum of deterministic, predictable forces."

    Amazing Grace, you do me wrong to treat me thus discourteously

  • Ms. Macklowe was dressed in what she called "vintage Rodarte"—"Does that make me old?" she asked—and shoes by Louis Vuitton, "the ones Madonna wore."

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  • Happy Birthday from New Jersey USA - I hope your vintage is a good one this year.

    se reposer sur ses lauriers - French Word-A-Day

  • Francois Mauss: this vintage is the first one, from many years, where the difference between those looking for “power” (to be nice for Parker) and those who did look after finesse, complexity and freshness (i.e. without any work on extraction, having enough faith in the grapes), so where the difference is very sensible.

    Bordeaux 2009 en primeur — the dispatches! | Dr Vino's wine blog

  • They aren't going to admit if a vintage is a poor one.

    The New York Cork Report:

  • There's a little technology revolt taking place in Britain, where a designer has created what he calls a vintage mobile phone.

    CNN Transcript Aug 1, 2004

  • On this episode of Seeds of Encouragement farm family coach Elaine Froese describes what she calls the vintage advantage.www. elainefroese.com Many farm men don't want to talk about life after farming because they don't have a clue what they are going to do.

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  • Mom was right; all of her clothes from the 60's and 70's were what we called vintage in the 90's.

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  • A rough comparison shows that the 2000 vintage is about £ 100 a bottle; 2005, £ 165; and 2009, £ 150.

    The Secret of Pomerol

  • This wine was an example of what a slightly sweet aged riesling can accomplish, and I wish we had not tasted this last as I think it might have held upvery well indirect comparison to some of the dry riesling results in vintage order.

    Jason Feulner

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