[mur-loh; French mer-loh]
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  1. a dark-blue grape used in winemaking, especially in the Bordeaux region of France and in areas of Italy, Switzerland, and California.

Origin of Merlot

< French: literally, young blackbird, derivative of merle merle1, probably alluding to the color of the grape Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for merlot

merlot, burgundy, cabernet, claret, pinot, shiraz

Examples from the Web for merlot

Contemporary Examples of merlot

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    An Old-Fashioned Wine Harvest

    Sophie Menin

    October 18, 2010

  • When treated with respect, Merlot outperforms Cab for both quality and value.

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    The Great Cabernet Ripoff

    Keith Wallace

    July 14, 2009

Historical Examples of merlot

British Dictionary definitions for merlot


noun (sometimes not capital)
  1. a black grape grown in France and now throughout the wine-producing world, used, often in a blend, for making wine
  2. 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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