noun, plural Pre·miers Crus . [p r uh-myey k] r y /prə myeɪ ˈkrü/ . French noun, plural crus . [krooz; k French r y] /kruz; krü/ French (in France) a vineyard producing wine of high quality, sometimes classified by the government as either a Great Growth (Grand Cru) or a First Growth (Premier Cru). Origin of cru 1815–25; < French, noun use of crû, past participle of croître to grow < Latin crēscere
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
British Dictionary definitions for premier cru noun winemaking (in France) a vineyard, group of vineyards, or wine-producing region Word Origin for cru
from French: production, from
crû, past participle of croître to grow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for premier cru n.
cru "vineyard," literally "growth" (16c.), from Old French crois (12c.; Modern French croît), from croiss-, stem of croistre "growth, augment, increase," ultimately from Latin crescere "come forth, spring up, grow, thrive" (see crescent).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper