[ van ]


, French.
, plural vins [va, n].



[ vin ]


  1. a male given name, form of Vincent.


  1. vehicle identification number.


  1. variant of vini-, especially before a vowel.



abbreviation for

  1. (in prescriptions) wine.



  1. a variant of vini-

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Word History and Origins

Origin of vin1

From the Latin word vīnum

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Example Sentences

But after Vin came in and starting doing the role, he blew us away.

Fast and Furious co-stars Jordana Brewster and Vin Diesel paid tribute to Paul Walker.

This cult classic Vin Diesel clip from a British talk show is great for a number of reasons.

For an action franchise superstar, Vin Diesel is pretty freaking adorable.

A quick YouTube search reveals that Vin Diesel truly contains multitudes.

Pour on a wine-glassful of Sauterne or vin de Grave, and strew over it some Spanish pimento.

If he did not have charge of the plans, then the chances were that Vin.

His breakfast—the gaol-allowance of bread and vin ordinaire—was by his side.

The dinner was a simple one, consisting of soup, a joint, and two or three vegetables; the wines vin ordinaire and Burgundy.

Dear Sara's letter is very charming—not at all physicky—rather an agreeable draught of vin sucr.


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Words That Use vin-

What does vin- mean?

Vin- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “wine.” It is used in a few scientific terms connected to wine-making.

Vin- comes from the Latin vīnum, meaning “wine.” The English word wine also ultimately comes from the Latin vīnum.

Vin- is a variant of vini- or vino-, and may be used when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.

Want to know more? Read our Words That Use vino- and Words That Use vini- articles.

Examples of vin-

While vin- is not widely used as combining form, knowing its meaning certainly helps make it easier to grasp a lot of other words that share a root in the Latin vīnum, wine.”

For instance, vinaceous means “of, relating to, or resembling wine or grapes.” Learn more about the suffix -aceous at our entry for the form.

Vinaceous is a great color adjective, too, and can also refer to something that is the color of red wine—like burgundy, which is also the name of a type of red wine.

Some other adjectives for referring to wine include vineal and vinic. Like vin- and vinaceous, they derive from the Latin vīnum. So does the word vine!

What are some other forms that vin- may be commonly confused with?

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The combining form -ery is used to denote a place or establishment, among other meanings. What, then, is a vinery?