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Sémillon

[sey-mee-yohn; French sey-mee-yawn]
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noun
  1. a variety of white grape used in winemaking, especially in France in the Sauternes district of Bordeaux.

Origin of Sémillon

1870–75; < French, earlier sémilion < Gascon semilhoun, equivalent to Old Provençal semilh(ar) to sow, derivative of seme seed (< Latin sēmen; see semen) + Gascon, Provençal -oun agentive suffix (apparently alluding to the variety's high productivity)
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Examples from the Web for semillon

Historical Examples

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

    Manual of American Grape-Growing

    U. P. Hedrick

  • This colombar grape is simply the semillon—one of the leading varieties of the Sauternes district—transported to the Charente.


British Dictionary definitions for semillon

Sémillon

noun
  1. a white grape grown in the Bordeaux area of France and in Australia, used for making wine
  2. any of various white wines made from this grape

Word Origin

French
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