cru

[kroo; French kry]
noun, plural crus [krooz; French kry] /kruz; French krü/.
  1. (in France) a vineyard producing wine of high quality, sometimes classified by the government as either a Great Growth (Grand Cru) or a First Growth (Premier Cru).

Origin of cru

1815–25; < French, noun use of crû, past participle of croître to grow < Latin crēscere
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Historical Examples of cru

  • Let us say Romané‑Conti, which is the "cru" that Barty loved best.

    The Martian

    George Du Maurier

  • On a cru reconnatre que les proportions de cette statue se rapprochaient beaucoup des proportions prscrites par Polyclte.

    Walks in Rome

    Augustus J.C. Hare

  • Cru′ciform, in the form of a cross; Crucig′erous, bearing a cross.

  • Moreover, though he was of the right third or fourth cru of mil-huit-cent-trente, there was something wanting in his execution.

  • An' them hosses won't trot 'less I lick 'em, an' ef I lick 'em I'm guilty o' cru'lty ter animals—includin' myself.

    Mary Louise in the Country

    L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)


British Dictionary definitions for cru

cru

noun
  1. winemaking (in France) a vineyard, group of vineyards, or wine-producing region

Word Origin for cru

from French: production, from crû, past participle of croître to grow
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Word Origin and History for cru
n.

from French cru "vineyard," literally "growth" (16c.), from Old French crois (12c.; Modern French croît), from croiss-, stem of croistre "growth, augment, increase," ultimately from Latin crescere "come forth, spring up, grow, thrive" (see crescent).

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