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vintage

[vin-tij]
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noun
  1. the wine from a particular harvest or crop.
  2. the annual produce of the grape harvest, especially with reference to the wine obtained.
  3. an exceptionally fine wine from the crop of a good year.
  4. the time of gathering grapes, or of winemaking.
  5. the act or process of producing wine; winemaking.
  6. the class of a dated object with reference to era of production or use: a hat of last year's vintage.
adjective
  1. of or relating to wines or winemaking.
  2. being of a specified vintage: Vintage wines are usually more expensive than nonvintage wines.
  3. representing the high quality of a past time: vintage cars; vintage movies.
  4. old-fashioned or obsolete: vintage jokes.
  5. being the best of its kind: They praised the play as vintage O'Neill.
verb (used with object), vin·taged, vin·tag·ing.
  1. to gather or harvest (grapes) for wine-making: The muscats were vintaged too early.
  2. to make (wine) from grapes: a region that vintages a truly great champagne.
verb (used without object), vin·taged, vin·tag·ing.
  1. to harvest grapes for wine-making.

Origin of vintage

1400–50; late Middle English (noun) < Anglo-French, equivalent to vint(er) vintner + -age -age; replacing Middle English vindage, vendage < Anglo-French; Old French vendange < Latin vīndēmia grape-gathering, equivalent to vīn(um) grape, wine + -dēmia a taking away (dēm(ere) to take from (see redeem) + -ia -y3)
Related formsnon·vin·tage, adjective, nounun·vin·taged, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nonvintage

nonvintage

adjective
  1. (of wine) not of an outstandingly good year
  2. not representative of the besttwo nonvintage teams

vintage

noun
  1. 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
  2. the harvest from which such a wine is obtained
    1. the harvesting of wine grapes
    2. the season of harvesting these grapes or for making wine
  3. a time of origina car of Edwardian vintage
  4. informal a group of people or objects of the same perioda fashion of last season's vintage
adjective
  1. (of wine) of an outstandingly good year
  2. representative of the best and most typicalvintage Shakespeare
  3. of lasting interest and importance; venerable; classicvintage films
  4. old-fashioned; dated
verb
  1. (tr) to gather (grapes) or make (wine)

Word Origin

C15: from Old French vendage (influenced by vintener vintner), from Latin vindēmia, from vīnum wine, grape + dēmere to take away (from dē- away + emere to take)
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Word Origin and History for nonvintage

vintage

n.

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.

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