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[gren-uh-deenz, gren-uh-deenz]
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noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. a chain of about 600 islands in the E West Indies in the Windward Islands: a former British colony; now divided between Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


[gren-uh-deen, gren-uh-deen]
  1. a thin fabric of leno weave in silk, nylon, rayon, or wool.

Origin of grenadine1

1850–55; < French, perhaps after Granada, Spain. See -ine1


[gren-uh-deen, gren-uh-deen]
  1. a syrup made from pomegranate juice.

Origin of grenadine2

1700–10; < French, diminutive of grenade pomegranate. See grenade, -ine1
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Examples from the Web for grenadines

Historical Examples

  • There are quantities of Grenadines, but the majority are out of sight.

    Twelve Stories and a Dream

    H. G. Wells

  • Among the lighter textures, adapted for both day and evening wear, are some very pretty mousselines de soie, and grenadines.

  • Grenada and the Grenadines, colonized by the French, first came into English possession under the treaty of 1763.

    The Colonies 1492-1750

    Reuben Gold Thwaites

British Dictionary definitions for grenadines


pl n
  1. the Grenadines a chain of about 600 islets in the Caribbean, part of the Windward Islands, extending for about 100 km (60 miles) between St Vincent and Grenada and divided administratively between the two states. Largest island: Carriacou


  1. a light thin leno-weave fabric of silk, wool, rayon, or nylon, used esp for dresses

Word Origin

C19: from French, from earlier grenade silk with a grained texture, from grenu grained; see grain


  1. a syrup made from pomegranate juice, used as a sweetening and colouring agent in various drinks
    1. a moderate reddish-orange colour
    2. (as adjective)a grenadine coat

Word Origin

C19: from French: a little pomegranate, from grenade pomegranate; see grenade
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Word Origin and History for grenadines



1896, from French sirop de grenadin "syrup made from pomegranates," from Middle French grenade "pomegranate" (see pomegranate).

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