Definition of wine in English:



  • 1An alcoholic drink made from fermented grape juice.

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


[WITH OBJECT]wine and dine someone
  • 1 Entertain someone by offering them drinks and a meal.

    ‘members of Congress have been lavishly wined and dined by lobbyists for years’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were going to use the company penthouse that Jake's father's company uses when they wine and dine clients in Seattle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The catering division is used regularly by the Taoiseach to wine and dine visiting dignitaries at Government Buildings and Farmleigh House.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And lord alone knows what it costs to wine and dine travel agents here, there and everywhere.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He plans to join in the big parade and wine and dine his glamorous fiancée.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’’
    1. 1.1[no object] Enjoy oneself by eating and drinking lavishly.
      ‘we wined and dined with Eddie's and Bernie's friends’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 are members of posh clubs and wine and dine with men and women with tremendous spending power.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Why not fill it with asylum seekers and let them wine and dine in the many House of Commons restaurants and bars?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Last December, Hu went to his friend's home to wine and dine.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After some lengthy discussions - Argentinians like to wine and dine extensively before actually exchanging cash - we bought two horses from Wesley.’
      • ‘People in Los Angeles love having their nails done so what better idea than to have staff do it as they wine and dine?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For many Chinese today, the Spring Festival is a good time to wine and dine.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I went to K's house to wine and dine with friends from a former workplace of mine.’
      • ‘‘We will not wine and dine with murderers,’ said Biti, a 33-year-old lawyer who is the opposition's shadow foreign minister.’


  • good wine needs no bush

    • 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.