[ vuh-rahy-i-tl ]
/ vəˈraɪ ɪ tl /


of, pertaining to, designating, or characteristic of a variety.
constituting a variety.
(in U.S. winemaking) designating a wine made entirely or chiefly from one variety of grape.


a varietal wine named for such a grape (distinguished from generic).

Nearby words

  1. variegate,
  2. variegate porphyria,
  3. variegated,
  4. variegation,
  5. varier,
  6. variety,
  7. variety is the spice of life,
  8. variety meat,
  9. variety store,
  10. varifocal

Origin of varietal

First recorded in 1865–70; variet(y) + -al1

Related formsva·ri·e·tal·ly, adverbin·ter·va·ri·e·tal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for varietal


/ (vəˈraɪɪtəl) /


of, relating to, characteristic of, designating, or forming a variety, esp a biological variety


a wine labelled with the name of the grape from which it is pressed
Derived Formsvarietally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for varietal



1866, a biologists' word (first attested in Darwin), from variety. In reference to wines, meaning "made from a single variety of grape" is first attested 1941, American English. As a noun, in this sense, attested from 1955.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper