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  1. of, pertaining to, designating, or characteristic of a variety.
  2. constituting a variety.
  3. (in U.S. winemaking) designating a wine made entirely or chiefly from one variety of grape.
  1. a varietal wine named for such a grape (distinguished from generic).

Origin of varietal

First recorded in 1865–70; variet(y) + -al1
Related formsva·ri·e·tal·ly, adverbin·ter·va·ri·e·tal, adjective
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  1. of, relating to, characteristic of, designating, or forming a variety, esp a biological variety
  1. a wine labelled with the name of the grape from which it is pressed
Derived Formsvarietally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for varietal


1866, a biologists' word (first attested in Darwin), from variety. In reference to wines, meaning "made from a single variety of grape" is first attested 1941, American English. As a noun, in this sense, attested from 1955.

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