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[greyp] /greɪp/
the edible, pulpy, smooth-skinned berry or fruit that grows in clusters on vines of the genus Vitis, and from which wine is made.
any vine bearing this fruit.
a dull, dark, purplish-red color.
grapes, (used with a singular verb) Veterinary Pathology.
  1. tuberculosis occurring in cattle, characterized by the internal formation of grapelike clusters, especially in the lungs.
  2. tuberculosis occurring in horses, characterized by grapelike clusters on the fetlocks.
the grape, wine.
Origin of grape
1200-50; Middle English < Old French, variant of crape cluster of fruit or flowers, originally hook (for pruning vines) < Germanic; compare GermanKrapf hook and grapple, grapnel
Related forms
grapelike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for grapes
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  • “Mrs Wilton came this afternoon and brought me a chicken and some wine and grapes,” said Jenny, at last.

    Cursed by a Fortune George Manville Fenn
  • And some apples and oranges, and bananas and cherries and grapes.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • Who is this said Mr Salteena halting at a picture of a lady holding up some grapes and smiling a good deal.

  • Yes, wash the grapes and open the jam while I cut the bread and pour the tea.

    The Right Knock Helen Van-Anderson
  • The bees made a great buzzing amongst the grapes, and the birds in the mulberry-trees sang as though it were nesting time.

    Audrey Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for grapes


(functioning as sing) (vet science, archaic) an abnormal growth, resembling a bunch of grapes, on the fetlock of a horse


the fruit of the grapevine, which has a purple or green skin and sweet flesh: eaten raw, dried to make raisins, currants, or sultanas, or used for making wine
any of various plants that bear grapelike fruit, such as the Oregon grape
See grapevine (sense 1)
the grape, an informal term for wine
See grapeshot
Derived Forms
grapeless, adjective
grapelike, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French grape bunch of grapes, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German krāpfo; related to cramp², grapple
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Word Origin and History for grapes



mid-13c., from Old French grape "bunch of grapes, grape" (12c.), probably a back-formation from graper "steal; grasp; catch with a hook; pick (grapes)," from a Frankish or other Germanic word, from Proto-Germanic *krappon "hook" (cf. Middle Dutch crappe, Old High German krapfo "hook;" also see cramp (n.2)). The original notion perhaps was "vine hook for grape-picking." The vine is not native to England. The word replaced Old English winberige "wine berry." Spanish grapa, Italian grappa also are Germanic loan-words.

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Slang definitions & phrases for grapes



Wine or champagne (1636+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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