or pi·not noir
- See under Pinot(def 2).
Origin of Pinot Noir
- any of several varieties of purple or white vinifera grapes yielding a red or white wine, used especially in making burgundies and champagnes.
- a red (Pinot Noir) or white (Pinot Blanc) wine made from this grape.
Origin of Pinot
- a variety of black grape, grown esp for wine-making
- any of the red wines made from this grape
Word Origin and History for pinot noir
type of grape vine used in wine-making, 1912, American English variant spelling of French pineau (attested in English from 1763), name of a family of wine grapes, from pin "pine tree" (see pine (n.)) + diminutive suffix -eau. So called from the shape of the grape clusters. Variants are pinot noir, "black," pinot blanc, "white," and pinot gris, "gray."