[ vin-tij ]
/ ˈvɪn tɪdʒ /
the wine from a particular harvest or crop.
the annual produce of the grape harvest, especially with reference to the wine obtained.
an exceptionally fine wine from the crop of a good year.
the time of gathering grapes, or of winemaking.
the act or process of producing wine; winemaking.
the class of a dated object with reference to era of production or use: a hat of last year's vintage.
of or relating to wines or winemaking.
being of a specified vintage: Vintage wines are usually more expensive than nonvintage wines.
representing the high quality of a past time: vintage cars; vintage movies.
old-fashioned or obsolete: vintage jokes.
being the best of its kind: They praised the play as vintage O'Neill.
verb (used with object), vin·taged, vin·tag·ing.
to gather or harvest (grapes) for wine-making: The muscats were vintaged too early.
to make (wine) from grapes: a region that vintages a truly great champagne.
verb (used without object), vin·taged, vin·tag·ing.
to harvest grapes for wine-making.
Origin of vintage
1400–50; late Middle English (noun) < Anglo-French, equivalent to vint(er) vintner + -age -age; replacing Middle English vindage, vendage < Anglo-French; Old French vendange < Latin vīndēmia grape-gathering, equivalent to vīn(um) grape, wine + -dēmia a taking away (dēm(ere) to take from (see redeem) + -ia -y3)
Related formsnon·vin·tage, adjective, nounun·vin·taged, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nonvintage (1 of 2)
/ (nɒnˈvɪntɪdʒ) /
(of wine) not of an outstandingly good year
not representative of the besttwo nonvintage teams
British Dictionary definitions for nonvintage (2 of 2)
/ (ˈvɪntɪdʒ) /
the wine obtained from a harvest of grapes, esp in an outstandingly good year, referred to by the year involved, the district, or the vineyard
the harvest from which such a wine is obtained
- the harvesting of wine grapes
- the season of harvesting these grapes or for making wine
a time of origina car of Edwardian vintage
informal a group of people or objects of the same perioda fashion of last season's vintage
(of wine) of an outstandingly good year
representative of the best and most typicalvintage Shakespeare
of lasting interest and importance; venerable; classicvintage films
(tr) to gather (grapes) or make (wine)
Word Origin for vintage
C15: from Old French vendage (influenced by vintener vintner), from Latin vindēmia, from vīnum wine, grape + dēmere to take away (from dē- away + emere to take)
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