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

  • A ducal house of Burgundy split into the Capetian line (1032-1361) and the Cadet, or Valois, line (1363-1477).
  • A Portuguese dynasty (1139-1383) beginning with Alfonso I, who made Portugal an independent kingdom.
  • A historical region and former province of eastern France. The area was first organized into a kingdom by the Burgundii, a Germanic people, in the 5th century A.D. At the height of its later power in the 14th and 15th centuries, Burgundy controlled vast territories in present-day Netherlands, Belgium, and northeast France. It was incorporated into the French crown lands by Louis XI in 1477.
  • n. Any of various red or white wines produced in Burgundy, France.
  • n. Any of various similar wines produced elsewhere.
  • n. A dark grayish or blackish red to dark purplish red or reddish brown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A region of France.
  • n. A variety of red wine from this region.
  • n. A variety of wine resembling that of Burgundy; especially from Australia or California.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An old province of France (in the eastern central part).
  • n. A richly flavored wine, mostly red, made in Burgundy, France.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large class of wines, both red and white, produced in Burgundy in France, and sharing with the Bordeaux wines the reputation of including the finest wines made.

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

  • n. a dark purplish-red to blackish-red color
  • n. red table wine from the Burgundy region of France (or any similar wine made elsewhere)
  • n. a former province of eastern France that is famous for its wines


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Adapted from Medieval Latin Burgundia, French Bourgogne < Late Latin Burgundiones ("highlanders"). Burgundy (wine) is an abbreviation of the attributive use of the regional name, in Burgundy wine.



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