Definition of Rhenish in English:



  • Of the Rhine and the regions adjoining it.

    • ‘Often in a palette of blue, red, black and white, these kaleidoscopic paintings have been related to the intricate stained-glass windows of Rhenish cathedrals.’
    • ‘The significance of the Rhenish branch's views on the Reichstag faction's policies is not consistently drawn out.’
    • ‘Hence, Viking graves often contain Arab silver, Byzantine silks, Frankish weapons, Rhenish glass, and other products of an extensive trade.’
    • ‘Catholic liberals, meanwhile, such as the Rhenish bourgeois, found themselves expected to choose between their liberalism and their Catholicism.’
    • ‘Moreover, although the Rhenish princes had hurried to comply with Louis XVI's ultimatum, by the time they did so their suzerain in Vienna had decided to intervene on their behalf.’


mass noun
  • Wine from the Rhine region.

    • ‘Marcellus mistakes the trumpet blare that ‘brays out’ Claudius' draining of his draught of Rhenish for the striking of midnight.’
    • ‘At meals she may be indulged with half a pint of old, clear London porter, or a glass of Rhenish wine.’
    • ‘He is said to have died of a surfeit of Rhenish wine and pickled herrings, though it may more likely have been plague, of which there was a severe outbreak in 1592.’


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French reneis, from a medieval Latin alteration of Latin Rhenanus, from Rhenus ‘Rhine’.