[shahr-dn-ey; French shar-daw-ne]
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Origin of Chardonnay

From the French word chardon(n)ay
Also called Pinot Chardonnay. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for chardonnay


noun (sometimes not capital)
  1. a white grape originally grown in the Burgundy region of France, and now throughout the wine-producing world
  2. any of various white wines made from this grape

Word Origin for Chardonnay

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Word Origin and History for chardonnay



type of wine, 1907, from French chardonnay, originally the type of grape used to make the wine, supposedly named for the town of Chardonnay, Saône-et-Loire, in eastern France. The name is said to be from Latin Cardonnacum.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper