[ sey-mee-yohn; French sey-mee-yawn ]
/ ˌseɪ miˈyõʊ̃; French seɪ miˈyɔ̃ /
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a variety of white grape used in winemaking, especially in France in the Sauternes district of Bordeaux.
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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)
Words nearby Sémillon
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How to use Sémillon in a sentence
This colombar grape is simply the semillon—one of the leading varieties of the Sauternes district—transported to the Charente.Facts About Champagne and Other Sparkling Wines|Henry Vizetelly
This method is used successfully for certain wine grapes such as Riesling, Cabernet, and Semillon.Manual of American Grape-Growing|U. P. Hedrick
British Dictionary definitions for Sémillon
/ (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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