[ mur-loh; French mer-loh ]
/ ˈmɜr loʊ; French mɛrˈloʊ /
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a dark-blue grape used in winemaking, especially in the Bordeaux region of France and in areas of Italy, Switzerland, and California.
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Origin of Merlot
<French: literally, young blackbird, derivative of merlemerle1, probably alluding to the color of the grape
Words nearby Merlot
merle, Merleau-Ponty, merlin, Merlo, merlon, Merlot, mermaid, mermaid's purse, mermaid's wineglass, Mermaid Tavern, mermaid weed
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How to use Merlot in a sentence
This Merlot can be aged and be enjoyed for many years to come.The best wines for Thanksgiving|Rachel King|November 21, 2020|Fortune
I'm greeted there by Betsy and Tina who, sitting behind a folding table, sip discounted merlot out of plastic cups.Backstage at the Razzie Awards, Honoring Hollywood’s Worst Films|David Eckstein|March 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He ordered a glass of Merlot and I gave him, as a gift, the audio version of my memoir for which I had done the reading.Pablo Schreiber on His New Off-Broadway Play|Kevin Sessums|February 1, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Speaker-to-be John Boehner made it clear he preferred Merlot.The 2010 Political Dictionary from A to Z|Samuel P. Jacobs|December 12, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Let the lackeys continue to shun Sideways-satirized Merlot.Five Ways to Drink Bravely|Mark Oldman|October 25, 2010|DAILY BEAST
We had over 175 tons picked and in by September 25, so we only had four small lots of Merlot left when the rains came.An Old-Fashioned Wine Harvest|Sophie Menin|October 18, 2010|DAILY BEAST
The best Bordeaux wine de ctes is made with the grape called noir de pressac, the bochet, and the merlot.Memoranda on Tours, Touraine and Central France.|J. H. Holdsworth
British Dictionary definitions for Merlot
/ (ˈmɜːləʊ) /
noun (sometimes not capital)
a black grape grown in France and now throughout the wine-producing world, used, often in a blend, for making wine
any of various wines made from this grape
Word Origin for Merlot
from French merlot, literally: young blackbird, diminutive of merle merle 1, probably alluding to the colour of the grape
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