[ kroo; French kry ]
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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

Words Nearby cru Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use cru in a sentence

  • 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)
  • The second story windows were closely hung with dainty cru lace curtains.

    The Song of Songs | Hermann Sudermann
  • Perhaps he had blundered on a well-founded theory, but he certainly lacked discrimination as to the cru.

    Cynthia's Chauffeur | Louis Tracy
  • Mine was pale pink crpe de chine trimmed with cru lace and rose satin.

    Daddy Long-Legs | Jean Webster

British Dictionary definitions for cru


/ (kruː, French kry) /

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

Origin of cru

from French: production, from crû, past participle of croître to grow

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