noun, plural vi·nos. Informal.

wine; specifically, red Italian wine, as chianti.

Origin of vino

1895–1900; < Italian: wine


variant of vini-.

in vino veritas

[in wee-noh we-ri-tahs; English in vahy-noh ver-i-tas, -tahs, vee-noh]


in wine there is truth. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vino

Contemporary Examples of vino

  • I found it beckoning, almost like a mirage, in the form of the Vino Volo wine bar.

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    Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries

    Clive Irving

    December 7, 2014

  • “He is a hated man in Montalcino,” Franco Zillani, who has chronicled the case on his blog Vino al Vino told The Daily Beast.

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    Vineyard Vandal Confesses

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

    December 19, 2012

Historical Examples of vino

  • What a misleading maxim is that of the Romans, In vino veritas!

  • There is a proverb which says In vino veritas, and talks of truth in wine.

    The Sunset Trail

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • In Italy the vino d'Asti is excellent, but this is still better.

    A Russian Proprietor

    Lyof N. Tolstoi

  • "The new motto of America should be 'In vino demi-tasse,'" my friend said, smiling.


    G. G. Putnam and Others

  • In vino veritas, said Roman philosophy, and builded better than it knew.

    A New Atmosphere

    Gail Hamilton

British Dictionary definitions for vino


noun plural -nos

an informal word for wine

Word Origin for vino

jocular use of Italian or Spanish vino

in vino veritas

in wine there is truth; people speak the truth when they are drunk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for vino

"inferior wine," 1919, colloquial, from the Italian and Spanish word for "wine," from Latin vinum (see vine).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

vino in Culture

in vino veritas

[(in vee-noh ver-ee-tahs)]

A Latin phrase suggesting that people are more likely to say what they really feel under the influence of alcohol. It means, “There is truth in wine.”

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