- the edible, pulpy, smooth-skinned berry or fruit that grows in clusters on vines of the genus Vitis, and from which wine is made.
- any vine bearing this fruit.
- a dull, dark, purplish-red color.
- grapes, (used with a singular verb) Veterinary Pathology.
- tuberculosis occurring in cattle, characterized by the internal formation of grapelike clusters, especially in the lungs.
- tuberculosis occurring in horses, characterized by grapelike clusters on the fetlocks.
- the grape, wine.
Origin of grape
Examples from the Web for grape
Many of the grape growers and wine makers are on site to answer questions.America’s Best Summer Food Festivals
July 5, 2014
On it are balanced a plate of eggs and toast, an open quart jar of grape jelly, and a beer mug full to the brim with orange juice.The Ridiculousness of Father's Day
P. J. O’Rourke
June 15, 2014
Our Kiddush prayers were done with gefilte fish and grape juice instead of wine.A Jewish Ex-Con Recalls Keeping Kosher with the Faithful in Prison
May 11, 2014
More than twenty-two grape varieties flourish including Mission, Syrah, Petit Syrah, Alicante Bouchet and Zinfandel.The Pleasures of America’s Oldest Vines
February 22, 2014
Well, Johnny saw Sue, too, turned his head, went for a grape at the same time, and fell right off his chair.The Ballad of Johnny France
Richard Ben Cramer
January 12, 2014
The view from the summit of the hill is commanding and beautiful, but its grape is unique.
In two days he found one egg on the outer skin of the grape.
Then we had no quarters at all, being perfectly exposed to grape and canister.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The shells and the grape and the canister and the bullets are smashing through them.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
“You should come in the grape season to taste of my fruits,” says he.The Book of Khalid
- the fruit of the grapevine, which has a purple or green skin and sweet flesh: eaten raw, dried to make raisins, currants, or sultanas, or used for making wine
- any of various plants that bear grapelike fruit, such as the Oregon grape
- See grapevine (def. 1)
- the grape an informal term for wine
- See grapeshot
Word Origin and History for grape
mid-13c., from Old French grape "bunch of grapes, grape" (12c.), probably a back-formation from graper "steal; grasp; catch with a hook; pick (grapes)," from a Frankish or other Germanic word, from Proto-Germanic *krappon "hook" (cf. Middle Dutch crappe, Old High German krapfo "hook;" also see cramp (n.2)). The original notion perhaps was "vine hook for grape-picking." The vine is not native to England. The word replaced Old English winberige "wine berry." Spanish grapa, Italian grappa also are Germanic loan-words.
Idioms and Phrases with grape
see sour grapes.