1. German Mo·sel [moh-zuh l] /ˈmoʊ zəl/. a river in W central Europe, flowing from the Vosges Mountains in NE France into the Rhine at Coblenz in W Germany. 320 miles (515 km) long.
  2. a department in NE France. 2406 sq. mi. (6230 sq. km). Capital: Metz.
  3. a light, white wine made along the Moselle in Germany. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of moselle

  • He made very light of a brace of partridges and a bottle of sparkling Moselle.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • "This Moselle is very thin," observed the judge, shaking his head.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • "Drown him in the new butt of Moselle," recommended Rudesheimer.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • In the devil's name, what stream is that off yonder, the Meuse or the Moselle?

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • Draw the cork of that Moselle, and then I have something else to tell you.

British Dictionary definitions for moselle


  1. a department of NE France, in Lorraine region. Capital: Metz. Pop: 1 027 854 (2003 est). Area: 6253 sq km (2439 sq miles)
  2. a river in W Europe, rising in NE France and flowing northwest, forming part of the border between Luxembourg and Germany, then northeast to the Rhine: many vineyards along its lower course. Length: 547 km (340 miles)German name: Mosel (ˈmoːzəl)
  3. (sometimes not capital) a German white wine from the Moselle valley
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Word Origin and History for moselle


river in Western Europe, Latin Mosella, literally "Little Meuse," in reference to the longer River Meuse (Latin Mosa), into which it flows. From 1680s as "wine from the valley of the river Moselle.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper