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[reez-ling, rees-] /ˈriz lɪŋ, ˈris-/
  1. a variety of grape.
  2. the vine bearing this grape, grown in Europe and California.
a fragrant, white, dry or sweet wine made from this grape.
Origin of Riesling
Borrowed into English from German around 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Sauterne, Chablis, Riesling or any Rhenish type will serve splendidly.

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  • Riesling snapped, "Well, you're lucky to have a chance to lunch with a gentleman!"

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  • The attendant returned with "Riesling says he don't want to see you."

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  • Riesling absolutely refuses to have any testimony reflecting on his wife.

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  • This method is used successfully for certain wine grapes such as Riesling, Cabernet, and Semillon.

British Dictionary definitions for Riesling


/ˈriːzlɪŋ; ˈraɪz-/
a white wine from the Rhine valley in Germany and from certain districts in other countries
the grape used to make this wine
Word Origin
C19: from German, from earlier Rüssling, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for Riesling

1833, from German Riesling (15c.), the name of the grape, of uncertain origin.

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