What does Wine mean?

Definitions for Wine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wine, vinonoun

    fermented juice (of grapes especially)

  2. wine, wine-colored, wine-colouredverb

    a red as dark as red wine

  3. wineverb

    drink wine

  4. wineverb

    treat to wine

    "Our relatives in Italy wined and dined us for a week"


  1. winenoun


  2. Etymology: From winiz, from wen-. Cognate with Old High German wini, Old Norse vinr (Danish ven, Swedish vän, Norwegian ven/venn), Old Saxon wini. Related to Old English wynn, wenian. The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin venus, wenja- (Old Irish fine, Breton gwenn, Welsh gwen).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Winenoun

    Etymology: win , Saxon; vinn, Dutch.

    The wine of life is drawn, and the meer lees
    Is left this vault to brag of. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Do not fall in love with me;
    For I am falser than vows made in wine. William Shakespeare.

    The increase of the vineyards for the wine-cellars. Chron.

    Be not amongst wine-bibbers, amongst riotous eaters. Prov.

    Thy garments like him that treadeth in the wine-fat. Is.

    They took old sacks upon their asses, and wine-bottles old and rent, and bound up. Jos. ix. 4.

    Where the wine-press is hard wrought, it yields a harsh wine that tastes of the grape-stone. Francis Bacon.

    His troops on my strong youth like torrents rusht;
    As in a wine-press, Judah’s daughter crusht. George Sandys.

    With large wine-offerings pour’d, and sacred feast. John Milton.

    Shall I, to please another wine-sprung mind,

    Lose all mine own? God hath giv’n me a measure,
    Short of his canne and body: must I find
    A pain in that, wherein he finds a pleasure? George Herbert.

    The firstlings of the flock are doom’d to die;
    Rich fragrant wines the cheering bowl supply. Alexander Pope.

    If the hogshead falls short, the wine-cooper had not filled it in proper time. Jonathan Swift, Directions to the Butler.

    Arbuthnot. .


  1. Wine

    Wine is an alcoholic drink typically made from fermented grapes. Yeast consumes the sugar in the grapes and converts it to ethanol and carbon dioxide, releasing heat in the process. Different varieties of grapes and strains of yeasts are major factors in different styles of wine. These differences result from the complex interactions between the biochemical development of the grape, the reactions involved in fermentation, the grape's growing environment (terroir), and the wine production process. Many countries enact legal appellations intended to define styles and qualities of wine. These typically restrict the geographical origin and permitted varieties of grapes, as well as other aspects of wine production. Wines not made from grapes involve fermentation of other crops including rice wine and other fruit wines such as plum, cherry, pomegranate, blueberry, currant and elderberry. Wine has been produced for thousands of years. The earliest evidence of wine is from the Caucasus region in today's Georgia (6000 BCE), Persia (5000 BCE), Italy and Armenia (4000 BCE). New World wine has some connection to alcoholic beverages made by the indigenous peoples of the Americas, but is mainly connected to later Spanish traditions in New Spain. Later, as Old World wine further developed viticulture techniques, Europe would encompass three of the largest wine-producing regions. Today, the five countries with the largest wine producing regions are in Italy, Spain, France, the United States, and China.Wine has long played an important role in religion. Red wine was associated with blood by the ancient Egyptians and was used by both the Greek cult of Dionysus and the Romans in their Bacchanalia; Judaism also incorporates it in the Kiddush, and Christianity in the Eucharist. Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Israeli wine cultures are still connected to these ancient roots. Similarly the largest wine regions in Italy, Spain, and France have heritages in connection to sacramental wine, likewise, viticulture traditions in the Southwestern United States started within New Spain as Catholic friars and monks first produced wines in New Mexico and California.


  1. wine

    Wine is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting grapes or other fruits. This process involves the conversion of the fruit's sugars into alcohol by yeast. It is typically categorized into types such as red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wines, which vary based on factors such as the type of grape used, the region it's grown in, and the method of production. Wine is often consumed for its intoxicating effects and is a common accompaniment to meals in many cultures around the world.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Winenoun

    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

  2. Winenoun

    a liquor or beverage prepared from the juice of any fruit or plant by a process similar to that for grape wine; as, currant wine; gooseberry wine; palm wine

  3. Winenoun

    the effect of drinking wine in excess; intoxication

  4. Etymology: [OE. win, AS. win, fr. L. vinum (cf. Icel. vn; all from the Latin); akin to Gr. o'i^nos, , and E. withy. Cf. Vine, Vineyard, Vinous, Withy.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wine

    wīn, n. the fermented juice of the grape: a liquor made from other fruits: (fig.) intoxication: a wine-drinking, a wine-party.—ns. Wine′-bag, a wine-skin: a tippler; Wine′-bibb′er, a bibber or drinker of wine: a drunkard; Wine′-bibb′ing; Wine′-bis′cuit, a sweet biscuit intended to be served with wine; Wine′-cask, a cask for holding wine; Wine′-cell′ar, a cellar for storing wine.—adj. Wine′-col′oured, of the colour of red wine.—ns. Wine′-cool′er, a receptacle for cooling wine in bottles about to be served at table; Wine′-fat, the vat receiving the liquor from a wine-press; Wine′-glass, a small glass used in drinking wine; Wine′-glass′ful; Wine′-grow′er, one who cultivates a vineyard and makes wine; Wine′-meas′ure, an old English liquid measure, its gallon 56 of the gallon in beer-measure, containing 231 cubic inches—the standard United States gallon; Wine′-mer′chant, a merchant who deals in wine, esp. at wholesale; Wine′-par′ty, a drinking-party; Wine′-press, a machine in which grapes are pressed in the manufacture of wine; Wine′-skin, a skin for holding wine; Wine′-stone, crude argol; Wine′-tāst′er, one whose business it is to sample wines; Wine′-vault, a vaulted wine-cellar: (pl.) a place where wine is tasted or drunk.—Adam's wine, water; Rhine, Rhenish, wine, wine produced on the banks of the Rhine, esp. hock; Spirit of wine, alcohol; White wine, Chablis, Sauterne, the wines of Germany—formerly Madeira and sherry. [A.S. wín; Goth, wein, Ger. wein; all from L. vinum; cog. with Gr. oinos.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. wine

    An infallible antidote to commonsense and seriousness; an excuse for deeds otherwise unforgivable.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Wine

    Fermented juice of fresh grapes or of other fruit or plant products used as a beverage.

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  1. WINE

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. WINE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wine is ranked #7674 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Wine surname appeared 4,327 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Wine.

    88.1% or 3,813 total occurrences were White.
    7.1% or 311 total occurrences were Black.
    1.9% or 82 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.5% or 67 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 33 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 21 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Wine' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1669

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Wine' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1676

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Wine' in Nouns Frequency: #639

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Wine in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Wine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Wine in a Sentence

  1. Steven Ciobo:

    There is a trade irritant that is there, but when you put it in the context of where trade is going, when you look at the growth we've had of beef and wine exports, I think it is important that we don't mischaracterize what is happening.

  2. Michael Honig:

    Silver Oak is a brand like Ferrari or Herms -- it’s something that’s helped elevate the whole Napa Valley brand even higher, they’re very well-respected in the wine world, they have an amazing market share, their sales are through the roof and every distributor would love to have them in their portfolio because it’s such a great annuity. It just sells and that’s not always the case with wineries. They just keep truckin’ along.

  3. Carl Jung:

    The wine of youth does not always clear with advancing years; sometimes it grows turbid.

  4. Ancient Egyptian:

    The more wine gets through your mouth the more silly words come out of it.

  5. Eric Rimm:

    If you’ve had three glasses of wine at a restaurant, you might be more likely to order the slice of cheesecake, and the greasy breakfast the next morning.

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