[ sey-mee-yohn; French sey-mee-yawn ]
/ ˌseɪ miˈyõʊ̃; French seɪ miˈyɔ̃ /


a variety of white grape used in winemaking, especially in France in the Sauternes district of Bordeaux.

Origin of Sémillon

1870–75; < French, earlier sémilion < Gascon semilhoun, equivalent to Old Provençal semilh(ar) to sow, derivative of seme seed (< Latin sēmen; see semen) + Gascon, Provençal -oun agentive suffix (apparently alluding to the variety's high productivity)
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British Dictionary definitions for semillon

/ (ˈseɪmiːjɒn, French semijɔ̃) /


a white grape grown in the Bordeaux area of France and in Australia, used for making wine
any of various white wines made from this grape

Word Origin for Sémillon

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