[ van ]
/ vɛ̃ /
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noun, plural vins [van]. /vɛ̃/. French.
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Other definitions for vin (2 of 5)

[ vin ]
/ vɪn /

a male given name, form of Vincent.

Other definitions for vin (3 of 5)


vehicle identification number.

Other definitions for vin (4 of 5)


variant of vini-, especially before a vowel.

Other definitions for vin (5 of 5)


(in prescriptions) wine.

Origin of vin.

From the Latin word vīnum
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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?

How to use vin in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for vin


combining form
a variant of vini-
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