[reez-ling, rees-]
  1. Horticulture.
    1. a variety of grape.
    2. the vine bearing this grape, grown in Europe and California.
  2. a fragrant, white, dry or sweet wine made from this grape.

Origin of Riesling

Borrowed into English from German around 1825–35
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Historical Examples of riesling

  • Sauterne, Chablis, Riesling or any Rhenish type will serve splendidly.

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  • Riesling snapped, "Well, you're lucky to have a chance to lunch with a gentleman!"


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  • Riesling absolutely refuses to have any testimony reflecting on his wife.


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  • The attendant returned with "Riesling says he don't want to see you."


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  • This method is used successfully for certain wine grapes such as Riesling, Cabernet, and Semillon.

British Dictionary definitions for riesling


  1. a white wine from the Rhine valley in Germany and from certain districts in other countries
  2. the grape used to make this wine

Word Origin for Riesling

C19: from German, from earlier Rüssling, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for riesling



1833, from German Riesling (15c.), the name of the grape, of uncertain origin.

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