[soh-turn, saw-; French soh-tern]


a rich, sweet white table wine of France.
the district near Bordeaux producing this wine.


[soh-turn, saw-]

noun (sometimes lowercase)

a semisweet white wine of California, commonly sold as a jug wine.

Origin of Sauterne

see origin at Sauternes Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of sauternes

  • Alternate: Sauternes Adapted from My Calabria by Rosetta Costantino with Janet Fletcher.

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Historical Examples of sauternes

British Dictionary definitions for sauternes



(sometimes not capital) a sweet white wine made in the southern Bordeaux district of France

Word Origin for Sauternes

C18: from Sauternes, the district where it is produced
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Word Origin and History for sauternes



also Sauternes, name for certain white wines, 1711, from Sauterne, district near Bordeaux where it is made.

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