Origin of tokay

1745–55; < dialectal Malay tokeʔ < Javanese təʔkəʔ (spelling tekek)


  1. an aromatic wine made from Furmint grapes grown in the district surrounding Tokay, a town in NE Hungary.
  2. Horticulture.
    1. a large, red variety of grape, grown for table use.
    2. the vine bearing this fruit, grown in California.
  3. a sweet, strong white wine made in California. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a small gecko, Gekko gecko, of S and SE Asia, having a retractile claw at the tip of each digit

Word Origin for tokay

from Malay toke, of imitative origin


  1. a fine sweet wine made near Tokaj, Hungary
  2. a variety of large sweet grape used to make this wine
  3. a similar wine made elsewhere
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Word Origin and History for tokay

1710, rich sweet wine from the region of Tokay (Hungarian Tokaj) a town in Hungary.

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