[kroo; French kry]

noun, plural crus [krooz; French kry] /kruz; French krü/.

(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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cru

Contemporary Examples of cru

Historical Examples of cru

  • 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

  • Mine was pale pink crpe de chine trimmed with cru lace and rose satin.

    Daddy Long-Legs

    Jean Webster

  • Spite, however, of their long pedigree and advantageous southern aspect, the Moussy vineyards rank to-day merely as a second cru.

    A History of Champagne

    Henry Vizetelly

  • Its cru, called Charlemagne, has considerably more than a local reputation.

  • Perhaps he had blundered on a well-founded theory, but he certainly lacked discrimination as to the cru.

British Dictionary definitions for cru



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

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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