[kee-ahn-tee, -an-; Italian kyahn-tee]


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

Examples from the Web for chianti

Contemporary Examples of chianti

  • Bartali chain-smoked while he biked and drank glass after glass of Chianti the night before a race.

  • Both are very good Sangiovese based wines from Chianti and both are blended with traditional indigenous varieties.

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    A Wine Revolution

    Sophie Menin

    May 23, 2011

Historical Examples of chianti

  • Better get a fiasco of Chianti ready—the old kind you have in the cellar.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • We lingered a while over our Chianti, then quietly paid the check and departed.

    The Silent Bullet

    Arthur B. Reeve

  • We lingered a while over our chianti, then quietly paid the check and departed.

  • Let us have Chianti; it may not be very good, but the flasks are simply charming.'

    The House of Souls

    Arthur Machen

  • There he drank three glasses of acid and biting Chianti, and felt better.

    The Silver Poppy

    Arthur Stringer

British Dictionary definitions for chianti



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


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].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper