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  1. of the river Rhine or the regions bordering on it.
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  1. British. Rhine wine.
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Origin of Rhenish

1325–75; < Latin Rhēn(us) Rhine + -ish1; replacing Middle English Rhinisch < Old High German
Related formstrans-Rhen·ish, adjective
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Historical Examples of rhenish

  • He asked me to dinner, and treated me with superb Rhenish wine.


    George Borrow

  • He drinks the best of Rhenish wine,— I would the Pope's gay lot were mine.

  • A flask of good Rhenish will soften and assuage thy humours.

  • The letter bore the postmark of a city in the Rhenish Palatinate.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

  • Valet—It is Rhenish wine which his lordship is accustomed to drink.

    Jeppe on the Hill

    Ludvig Holberg

British Dictionary definitions for rhenish


  1. of or relating to the River Rhine or the lands adjacent to it, esp the Rhineland-Palatinate
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  1. another word for hock 2
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Word Origin and History for rhenish


"of or belonging to the Rhine" (especially of wine), late 14c., from Anglo-French reneis (13c.), from Medieval Latin Rhenensis, from Rhenus (see Rhine).

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