[ kee-ahn-tee, -an-; Italian kyahn-tee ]
/ kiˈɑn ti, -ˈæn-; Italian ˈkyɑn ti /


a dry, red, Italian table wine, originally put up in straw-covered bottles.

Origin of Chianti

First recorded in 1825–35; after the Chianti region of Tuscany, source of the wine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chianti


/ (kɪˈæntɪ) /


(sometimes capital) a dry red wine produced in the Chianti region of Italy


/ (Italian ˈkjanti) /

pl n

a mountain range in central Italy, in Tuscany, rising over 870 m (2900 ft): part of the Apennines
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Word Origin and History for chianti



also chiante, kind of dry red wine, 1833, from Chianti Mountains of Tuscany, where the wine was made. "[L]oosely applied to various inferior Italian wines" [OED].

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