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[kroo; French kry] /kru; French krü/
noun, plural crus
[krooz; French kry] /kruz; French krü/ (Show IPA)
(in France) a vineyard producing wine of high quality, sometimes classified by the government as either a Great Growth (Grand Cru) or a First Growth (Premier Cru)
Origin of cru
1815-25; < French, noun use of crû, past participle of croître to grow < Latin crēscere Unabridged
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  • Let us say Romané‑Conti, which is the "cru" that Barty loved best.

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • On a cru reconnatre que les proportions de cette statue se rapprochaient beaucoup des proportions prscrites par Polyclte.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • cru′ciform, in the form of a cross; crucig′erous, bearing a cross.

  • Moreover, though he was of the right third or fourth cru of mil-huit-cent-trente, there was something wanting in his execution.

  • An' them hosses won't trot 'less I lick 'em, an' ef I lick 'em I'm guilty o' cru'lty ter animals—includin' myself.

    Mary Louise in the Country L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
  • Its cru, called Charlemagne, has considerably more than a local reputation.

  • Perhaps he had blundered on a well-founded theory, but he certainly lacked discrimination as to the cru.

    Cynthia's Chauffeur

    Louis Tracy
  • Mine was pale pink crpe de chine trimmed with cru lace and rose satin.

    Daddy Long-Legs Jean Webster
British Dictionary definitions for cru


/kruː; French kry/
(winemaking) (in France) a vineyard, group of vineyards, or wine-producing region
Word Origin
from French: production, from crû, past participle of croître to grow
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Word Origin and History for cru

from French cru "vineyard," literally "growth" (16c.), from Old French crois (12c.; Modern French croît), from croiss-, stem of croistre "growth, augment, increase," ultimately from Latin crescere "come forth, spring up, grow, thrive" (see crescent).

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