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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An alcoholic beverage made by fermenting juice of grapes.
  • n. 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".
  • n. A serving of wine.
  • n. A dark purplish red colour; the colour of red wine.
  • v. To entertain with wine.
  • v. To drink wine.
  • n. wind

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. A liquor or beverage prepared from the juice of any fruit or plant by a process similar to that for grape wine
  • n. The effect of drinking wine in excess; intoxication.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • To fill, supply, or entertain with wine.
  • To drink wine.

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

  • v. drink wine
  • n. fermented juice (of grapes especially)
  • n. a red as dark as red wine
  • v. treat to 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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  • "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

  • secret, the world below

    July 24, 2009

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


    December 30, 2007

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

    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

  • frangarnes: check mulled wine.

    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

  • 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