[ vee-noh ]
/ ˈvi noʊ /

noun, plural vi·nos. Informal.

wine; specifically, red Italian wine, as chianti.

Nearby words

  1. vinify,
  2. vinland,
  3. vinnitsa,
  4. vinny,
  5. vinnytsya,
  6. vino de pasto,
  7. vino-,
  8. vinometer,
  9. vinosity,
  10. vinous

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 ]
/ ɪn ˈwi noʊ ˈwɛ rɪˌtɑs; English ɪn ˈvaɪ noʊ ˈvɛr ɪˌtæs, -tɑs, ˈvi noʊ /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for vino


/ (ˈviːnəʊ) /

noun plural -nos

an informal word for wine

Word Origin for vino

jocular use of Italian or Spanish vino

in vino veritas

/ Latin (ɪn ˈviːnəʊ ˈvɛrɪˌtæs) /

in wine there is truth; people speak the truth when they are drunk
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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

Culture definitions for vino

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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