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[kee-ahn-tee, -an-; Italian kyahn-tee] /kiˈɑn ti, -ˈæn-; Italian ˈkyɑn ti/
a dry, red, Italian table wine, originally put up in straw-covered bottles.
Origin of Chianti
First recorded in 1825-35; after the Chianti region of Tuscany, source of the wine Unabridged
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  • Better get a fiasco of Chianti ready—the old kind you have in the cellar.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • We lingered a while over our Chianti, then quietly paid the check and departed.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • We lingered a while over our Chianti, then quietly paid the check and departed.

  • Let us have Chianti; it may not be very good, but the flasks are simply charming.'

    The House of Souls Arthur Machen
  • There he drank three glasses of acid and biting Chianti, and felt better.

    The Silver Poppy Arthur Stringer
  • A flask of Chianti was brought them, and later some goat's milk cheese.

  • I said to him, in Italian: 'My father, will you drink with me a glass of Chianti?'

    The Red Lily, Complete Anatole France
  • It is a distinct shock to find he has only Chianti or cheeses or garbage in stock.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for Chianti


(sometimes capital) a dry red wine produced in the Chianti region of Italy


/Italian ˈkjanti/
plural noun
a mountain range in central Italy, in Tuscany, rising over 870 m (2900 ft): part of the Apennines
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Word Origin and History for Chianti



also chiante, kind of dry red wine, 1833, from Chianti Mountains of Tuscany, where the wine was made. "[L]oosely applied to various inferior Italian wines" [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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