- the wine from a particular harvest or crop.
- the annual produce of the grape harvest, especially with reference to the wine obtained.
- an exceptionally fine wine from the crop of a good year.
- the time of gathering grapes, or of winemaking.
- the act or process of producing wine; winemaking.
- the class of a dated object with reference to era of production or use: a hat of last year's vintage.
- of or relating to wines or winemaking.
- being of a specified vintage: Vintage wines are usually more expensive than nonvintage wines.
- representing the high quality of a past time: vintage cars; vintage movies.
- old-fashioned or obsolete: vintage jokes.
- being the best of its kind: They praised the play as vintage O'Neill.
- to gather or harvest (grapes) for wine-making: The muscats were vintaged too early.
- to make (wine) from grapes: a region that vintages a truly great champagne.
- to harvest grapes for wine-making.
Origin of vintage
- (of wine) not of an outstandingly good year
- not representative of the besttwo nonvintage teams
- the wine obtained from a harvest of grapes, esp in an outstandingly good year, referred to by the year involved, the district, or the vineyard
- the harvest from which such a wine is obtained
- the harvesting of wine grapes
- the season of harvesting these grapes or for making wine
- a time of origina car of Edwardian vintage
- informal a group of people or objects of the same perioda fashion of last season's vintage
- (of wine) of an outstandingly good year
- representative of the best and most typicalvintage Shakespeare
- of lasting interest and importance; venerable; classicvintage films
- old-fashioned; dated
- (tr) to gather (grapes) or make (wine)
Word Origin and History for nonvintage
mid-15c., "harvest of grapes, yield of wine from a vineyard," from Anglo-French vintage (mid-14c.), from Old French vendage "yield from a vineyard," from Latin vindemia "a gathering of grapes, yield of grapes," from comb. form of vinum "wine" (see wine) + stem of demere "take off" (from de- "from, away from" + emere "to take;" see exempt). Sense shifted to "age or year of a particular wine" (1746), then to a general adjectival sense of "being of an earlier time" (1883). Used of cars since 1928.