[ reez-ling, rees- ]
/ ˈriz lɪŋ, ˈris- /


  1. a variety of grape.
  2. the vine bearing this grape, grown in Europe and California.
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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British Dictionary definitions for riesling


/ (ˈriːzlɪŋ, ˈraɪz-) /


a white wine from the Rhine valley in Germany and from certain districts in other countries
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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