in vino veritas

[ in -wee-noh -we-ri-tahs; English in -vahy-noh -ver-i-tas, -tahs, vee-noh ]
/ ɪn ˈwi noʊ ˈwɛ rɪˌtɑs; English ɪn ˈvaɪ noʊ ˈvɛr ɪˌtæs, -tɑs, ˈvi noʊ /

Latin.

in wine there is truth.

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British Dictionary definitions for in vino veritas

in vino veritas
/ Latin (ɪn ˈviːnəʊ ˈvɛrɪˌtæs) /

in wine there is truth; people speak the truth when they are drunk
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Cultural definitions for in vino veritas

in vino veritas
[ (in vee-noh ver-ee-tahs) ]

A Latin phrase suggesting that people are more likely to say what they really feel under the influence of alcohol. It means, “There is truth in wine.”

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