from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A beverage made of the fermented juice of any of various kinds of grapes, usually containing from 10 to 15 percent alcohol by volume.
  • noun A beverage made of the fermented juice of any of various other fruits or plants.
  • noun Something that intoxicates or exhilarates.
  • noun The color of red wine.
  • intransitive verb To provide or entertain with wine.
  • intransitive verb To drink wine.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To fill, supply, or entertain with wine.
  • To drink wine.
  • The fermented juice of the grape or fruit of the vine, Vitis. See Vitis.
  • The juice, fermented or unfermented, of certain fruits or plants, prepared in imitation of wine obtained from grapes: as, gooseberry wine; raspberry wine.
  • Figuratively, intoxication produced by the use of wine.
  • A wine-drinking; a meal or feast of which wine is an important feature; specifically, a wine-party at one of the English universities.
  • In pharmacy, a solution of a medicinal substance in wine: as, wine of coca; wine of colchicum.
  • Same as wine-glass: a trade-term.
  • Especially— In the British islands, during the eighteenth century and until about 1850, almost exclusively Madeira and sherry.
  • More recently in the British islands, and generally in the United States, the much lighter-colored wines of France, as Chablis and Sauterne, and the wines of Germany.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The expressed juice of grapes, esp. when fermented; a beverage or liquor prepared from grapes by squeezing out their juice, and (usually) allowing it to ferment.
  • noun A liquor or beverage prepared from the juice of any fruit or plant by a process similar to that for grape wine
  • noun The effect of drinking wine in excess; intoxication.
  • noun See under Birch, Cape, etc.
  • noun See under Spirit.
  • noun [Obs.] to be so drunk as to be foolish.
  • noun (Chem.), [Colloq.] See Tartaric acid, under Tartaric.
  • noun (Bot.) a large red apple, with firm flesh and a rich, vinous flavor.
  • noun a wine skin.
  • noun a kind of sweet biscuit served with wine.
  • noun a cask for holding wine, or which holds, or has held, wine.
  • noun a cellar adapted or used for storing wine.
  • noun a vessel of porous earthenware used to cool wine by the evaporation of water; also, a stand for wine bottles, containing ice.
  • noun (Zoöl.) small two-winged fly of the genus Piophila, whose larva lives in wine, cider, and other fermented liquors.
  • noun one who cultivates a vineyard and makes wine.
  • noun the measure by which wines and other spirits are sold, smaller than beer measure.
  • noun a merchant who deals in wines.
  • noun (Pharm.) a solution of opium in aromatized sherry wine, having the same strength as ordinary laudanum; -- also Sydenham's laudanum.
  • noun a machine or apparatus in which grapes are pressed to extract their juice.
  • noun a bottle or bag of skin, used, in various countries, for carrying wine.
  • noun a kind of crust deposited in wine casks. See 1st Tartar, 1.
  • noun A place where wine is served at the bar, or at tables; a dramshop.
  • noun vinegar made from wine.
  • noun whey made from milk coagulated by the use of wine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun nonstandard, UK wind
  • noun An alcoholic beverage made by fermenting juice of grapes.
  • noun An alcoholic beverage made by fermenting juice of fruits or vegetables other than grapes, usually preceded by the type of the fruit or vegetable; for example, "dandelion wine".
  • noun countable A serving of wine.
  • noun uncountable A dark purplish red colour; the colour of red wine.
  • verb transitive To entertain with wine.
  • verb intransitive To drink wine.


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

[Middle English, from Old English wīn, from Latin vīnum.]

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From Middle English win, from Old English wīn, from Proto-Germanic *wīnan (cf. Dutch wijn, German Wein, Icelandic vín), from Latin vīnum, from Proto-Indo-European *wóih₁nom (compare Hittite wiyan, Armenian գինի (gini), Albanian verë, Ancient Greek οἶνος (oĩnos), neuter of *wih₁ḗn 'grapevine' (compare Ancient Greek wiḗn), from *weih- 'to plait, wattle' (compare Norwegian vegg ("wall"), Latin vieō ("to bind, interweave"), Serbo-Croatian vȉjem ("I twist, wind"), Sanskrit vájati ("he weaves").


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  • Popular in Spain:

    calimocho = red wine + coke

    tinto de verano = red wine + soda

    sangría = red wine + fruit (usually peach) + brandy + sugar (or honey)

    Do you know another one?

    October 22, 2007

  • I've never heard of mixing wine with any kind of soda, including coke. Sangria is a well known drink in America.

    October 22, 2007

  • frangarnes: check mulled wine.

    October 22, 2007

  • Perhaps kir (royale), which is (sparkling) wine + crème de cassis.

    Then there are those brunch-associated concoctions - mimosas, Bellinis, and the like.

    October 22, 2007

  • Black velvet - champagne and stout - was something my ex in-laws would drink on Sunday mornings.

    October 22, 2007

  • "O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil! "


    December 30, 2007

  • secret, the world below

    July 24, 2009

  • "In the mid-19th century, the phylloxera louse destroyed much of the Vitis vinifera grape crop in France. Missouri’s state entomologist, Charles Riley, found that American rootstocks were resistant to the pest. He directed sending millions of rootstocks to France, to which their grape varieties could be grafted. This saved the French wine industry. The city of Montpellier erected a statue in Riley's honor, because of the significance of his work."

    --From Wikipedia's Missouri wine page

    February 3, 2011