One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: a red wine of Burgundy, from vineyards in or adjoining the commune of Nuits. Now: specifically = Nuits St Georges.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Cyrus Redding (1785–1870), journalist. From French Nuits from the name of the French town of Nuits, later called Nuits St Georges. In later use short for Nuits St Georges.
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