[muhs-kuh-tel, muhs-kuh-tel]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for muscatel


muscadel or muscadelle


Also called: muscat a rich sweet wine made from muscat grapes
the grape or raisin from a muscat vine

Word Origin for muscatel

C14: from Old French muscadel, from Old Provençal, from moscadel, from muscat musky. See musk
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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).

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