- a sweet wine made from muscat grapes.
- a muscat grape.
- a raisin made from muscat grapes.
Also muscadel, muscadelle.
Origin of muscatel
1350–1400; < Middle French, equivalent to muscat muscat + -el noun suffix; replacing Middle English muscadel(le) < Middle French, equivalent to muscad- (< Old Provençal muscade, feminine of muscat musky) + -elle, feminine of -el noun suffix
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muscadel or muscadelle
- Also called: muscat a rich sweet wine made from muscat grapes
- the grape or raisin from a muscat vine
C14: from Old French muscadel, from Old Provençal, from moscadel, from muscat musky. See musk
Word Origin and History for muscatel
1530s, variant of muskadell (c.1400), from Old French muscadel, from Old Provençal *muscadel, diminutive of muscat "(grape) with the fragrance of musk" (see muscat).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper