Definition of wine in English:



  • 1An alcoholic drink made from fermented grape juice.

    ‘he opened a bottle of red wine’
    [count noun] ‘the regional foods and wines of France’
    • ‘You can practically taste the chilled white wine in that glass.’
    • ‘The fine-wine merchant is the place to go if you want to buy and cellar great vintage wines.’
    • ‘But I'd bet that many wine drinkers have the same problem I do.’
    • ‘There is a correct way to prepare and drink mulled wine.’
    • ‘Of course, I immediately undid all the good work with a large serving of mussels in garlic and white wine sauce.’
    • ‘The last research placed Bulgaria twelfth in the volume share list of world wine exporters.’
    • ‘Red Bordeaux is the world's best wine, and Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the best grapes.’
    • ‘He poured the sparkling red wine into a glass at a small table with two chairs around it.’
    • ‘I did not see one of them drinking dessert wines, port, or similar drinks.’
    • ‘If you're short of space, move wine, beer and other drinks into a cool place, such as the garage.’
    • ‘The world's finest wines are invariably produced from poor quality soils where few other crops would be worth planting.’
    • ‘California makes some pretty decent sparkling wines at very competitive prices.’
    • ‘For other cheesy dishes, a light, fruity red wine is sometimes better.’
    • ‘I spent the next few years improving my ability to appreciate fine wine and single malt whisky.’
    • ‘Salty foods may make sweet wines taste sweeter.’
    • ‘We sipped more wine with dinner and it made us a bit giggly.’
    • ‘Bordeaux is in south-west France and produces fine red wines that are often referred to as claret.’
    • ‘For a twelfth generation wine producer Olivier had a refreshing amount of enthusiasm for his subject.’
    • ‘The grape spirit market was in decline, too, so the EC wine lake was overflowing.’
    • ‘Sweet dessert wines generally hold up better than dry wines once opened.’
    vin de table, vin ordinaire, vin du pays
    plonk, vino, the grape
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    1. 1.1[with modifier]An alcoholic drink made from the fermented juice of specified other fruits or plants.
      ‘a glass of dandelion wine’
      • ‘The priest came to visit once a week and then he had cherry wine and little cookies.’
      • ‘It takes more than coffee to repair the body after a few glasses of Dumvuk cabbage wine.’
      • ‘One brew still popular in many parts of China is made of fruit bits suspended in rice wine.’
      • ‘A popular drink from Sardinia, it is a blackcurrant wine that is smooth despite its bitter kick.’
      • ‘Spirits and fortified wines were not known although the apple wine may have had quite a high alcohol content.’
      • ‘I also got mildly tipsy on fruit wine which was necessary due to bloody coldness.’
      • ‘Inside was her fantastic Root from the Twisted Wood, a jug of dandelion wine and a large book of poems.’
      • ‘I have invited a couple of people around to play Singstar and drink fruit wine so that should be good.’
    2. 1.2
      short for wine red


  • 1 Entertain someone by offering them drinks and a meal.

    ‘members of Congress have been lavishly wined and dined by lobbyists for years’
    • ‘And they can talk to these publishers that wine and dine them, look them right in the eye, I tell them, and ask, ‘How diverse is your editorial staff?’’
    • ‘Companies and shops should take particular notice of this one as you could also win D4;1,500 to wine and dine your staff on an unforgettable night on the town.’
    • ‘Plenty of money is available to wine and dine EU Ministers, yet the City Council can't find the money to paint a few lines on the road for more taxi spaces, it was claimed yesterday (Tuesday).’
    • ‘In June last year, when the girl was just over 14, he journeyed down to wine and dine her to the point of ‘intoxication’ before unsuccessfully attempting to have sex with her, with her consent.’
    • ‘Gorgeous actress Kate Beckinsale grabbed the hearts of York males as an amazing 64 per cent said she would be their favourite choice to wine and dine on a romantic evening out.’
    • ‘When you take clients to a restaurant you pay partly for the use of the space and a nice environment in which to wine and dine your business associates.’
    • ‘It too often seemed like a case of inviting the hot money speculators to play at our casino, assuring them that we would wine and dine them, while protecting them from the harsh treatment they had suffered at the hands of others.’
    • ‘Many programming and content companies that decided not to exhibit this year are still sending armies of executives to wine and dine cable executives at local restaurants rather than man expensive booths.’
    • ‘Leading officials of the Democratic Party are using the convention to wine and dine large donors and solicit more funds for the final months of the campaign.’
    • ‘And lord alone knows what it costs to wine and dine travel agents here, there and everywhere.’
    • ‘The catering division is used regularly by the Taoiseach to wine and dine visiting dignitaries at Government Buildings and Farmleigh House.’
    • ‘The truth is that the pair once answered an ad for male escorts, mistakenly thinking they would simply have to wine and dine women.’
    • ‘They rented it, fully furnished, from David Ogilvie, and used their beautiful home to wine and dine the local aristocracy.’
    • ‘I thought you would wine and dine me and present me with expensive tokens and bent-knee hand kissing in an attempt to keep me as yours.’
    • ‘They are not just the major banks, which the Ministers might wine and dine; they are a whole lot of people who run small, localised finance companies that provide credit to New Zealanders.’
    • ‘He plans to join in the big parade and wine and dine his glamorous fiancée.’
    • ‘Apparently the fact that some Canadians live at the same latitude as some Finns and Icelanders is reason enough to wine and dine the likes of Michael Ondaatje and Bob Rae.’
    • ‘You get to hang out with movie stars and Hollywood celebrities, present Oscars at the Academy Awards, and wine and dine top politicians while they view first-run feature films at your office two blocks from the White House.’
    • ‘Wylie, who made such an impact with his reports on the Chhokar debacle, was the prime subject of conversation when Newsnight's editor, Sian Kevill, came to wine and dine a quartet of MSPs at Rogue's in Edinburgh.’
    • ‘They were going to use the company penthouse that Jake's father's company uses when they wine and dine clients in Seattle.’
    1. 1.1[no object]Enjoy oneself by eating and drinking lavishly.
      ‘we wined and dined with Eddie's and Bernie's friends’
      • ‘I went to K's house to wine and dine with friends from a former workplace of mine.’
      • ‘After some lengthy discussions - Argentinians like to wine and dine extensively before actually exchanging cash - we bought two horses from Wesley.’
      • ‘The party next Sunday is an all parish event where parishioners from Abbeyleix and Ballyroan from all churches sit down to wine and dine in style.’
      • ‘People in Los Angeles love having their nails done so what better idea than to have staff do it as they wine and dine?’
      • ‘‘We will not wine and dine with murderers,’ said Biti, a 33-year-old lawyer who is the opposition's shadow foreign minister.’
      • ‘Later as German leader he sealed off the hamlet, creating an exclusive retreat where he and other top Nazis could wine and dine, savour the crisp Alpine air, and plan the most barbarous acts of the Third Reich.’
      • ‘If you like to wine and dine in a traditional style, you'll like this place; if you want something a bit more on the edge, go elsewhere.’
      • ‘Eating out in Ireland can be an expensive exercise, but if the country's superwealthy accept an invitation to wine and dine with Rolls-Royce they could end up with a tab for more than €500,000.’
      • ‘You can eat well at one of the noodle shops or fast-food places for less than $10, or you can wine and dine more expensively and elegantly at a place like the Ship's Tavern.’
      • ‘Afterwards the members continued with their AGM in high spirit and Bertie proceeded to wine and dine at the Radisson SAS Hotel with the Sligo Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor of Sligo, Mr. Declan Bree.’
      • ‘The congress is just a bunch of old men getting together to wine and dine in a gathering that has no relevance to the general public.’
      • ‘Surprisingly, the doors are normally closed at weekends as the bulk of trade is carried out during the week days when New Yorkers and ex pats take a break from the hustle and bustle to wine and dine in the popular premises on East 41st Street.’
      • ‘Last December, Hu went to his friend's home to wine and dine.’
      • ‘Hell, why don't you just get on the Concorde and fly your way over to France where you can wine and dine with the rest of the white flag brigade?’
      • ‘For many Chinese today, the Spring Festival is a good time to wine and dine.’
      • ‘They are members of posh clubs and wine and dine with men and women with tremendous spending power.’
      • ‘Go in for a dinner on a Thursday or Friday night and you are likely to be overwhelmed at the bubbly, friendly atmosphere as locals wine and dine and just generally laugh about how wonderful life is in this part of W4.’
      • ‘Why not fill it with asylum seekers and let them wine and dine in the many House of Commons restaurants and bars?’
      • ‘It is obscene that the leaders of the rich world can wine and dine in the splendour of a luxury liner while offering only crumbs in debt relief.’
      • ‘They're here to strengthen ties with the U.S., talk a little politics, wine and dine with dignitaries, and test out Camilla's popularity in a nation some call Diana country.’


  • good wine needs no bush

    • proverb There's no need to advertise or boast about something of good quality as people will always discover its merits.

      • ‘If it be true that good wine needs no bush, 'tis true that a good play needs no epilogue.’
      • ‘Those that served quality drinks did not have this sign, hence the origin of the saying good wine needs no bush.’
      • ‘Although some local officials appear to believe that good wine needs no bush, the more forward-looking Tourist Bureau is now beginning to target the rest of Europe.’


Old English wīn, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wijn, German Wein, based on Latin vinum.