Definition of Sémillon in US English:

Sémillon

noun

  • 1A variety of white wine grape grown in France and elsewhere.

    • ‘An essential white grape of Bordeaux, Sémillon is a golden-berried goddess, producing some of the longest-lasting white wines ever made.’
    • ‘Sémillon ripens earlier in the season than most grapes and is less likely to be damaged by rains or frost.’
    • ‘Three grape varieties are planted: Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle.’
    1. 1.1 A white wine made from the Semillon grape.
      • ‘In the great, long-lived dry whites of Graves and Pessac-Léognan Sémillon usually predominates and inspires rich, golden, honeyed, viscous wines quite unlike any Sémillons made elsewhere.’
      • ‘Drinking Semillon is like drinking a tropical fruit mix topped with honey.’

Origin

French dialect, based on Latin semen ‘seed’.

Pronunciation

Sémillon

/ˌsemēlˈyän/