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Sauternes

[soh-turn, saw-; French soh-tern]
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noun
  1. a rich, sweet white table wine of France.
  2. the district near Bordeaux producing this wine.

Sauterne

[soh-turn, saw-]
noun (sometimes lowercase)
  1. a semisweet white wine of California, commonly sold as a jug wine.

Origin of Sauterne

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Sauternes

noun
  1. (sometimes not capital) a sweet white wine made in the southern Bordeaux district of France

Word Origin

C18: from Sauternes, the district where it is produced
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Word Origin and History for sauternes

Sauterne

n.

also Sauternes, name for certain white wines, 1711, from Sauterne, district near Bordeaux where it is made.

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