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  1. an unaged brandy, originally from Italy, distilled from the pomace of a wine press.
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Origin of grappa

1890–95; < Italian: grape stalk < Germanic; see grape
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Examples from the Web for grappa

Historical Examples

  • On the 31st the enemy's forces had collapsed on the Grappa front.

    Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight

    Mathew Joseph Holt

  • In his opinion, Grappa was superior to all the Cognac in the world.

    Shadows of Flames

    Amelie Rives

  • The Grappa had made his face dead-white and his blue eyes black.

    Shadows of Flames

    Amelie Rives

  • Young girls brought them dishes of fried sea-urchins, and broiled steaks of the grappa fish, and other savory dishes.

    The Golden Amazons of Venus

    John Murray Reynolds

  • (p. 130) On the Grappa, under the impetus of the Fourth Army's thrust, the enemy front had collapsed.

British Dictionary definitions for grappa


  1. a spirit distilled from the fermented remains of grapes after pressing
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Word Origin

Italian: grape stalk, of Germanic origin; see grape
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Word Origin and History for grappa


"brandy distilled from the residue of wine-making," 1893, from Italian grappa, literally "grapes" (see grape).

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