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noun, plural vi·nos. Informal.
  1. wine; specifically, red Italian wine, as chianti.
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Origin of vino

1895–1900; < Italian: wine


  1. variant of vini-.
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in vino veritas

[in wee-noh we-ri-tahs; English in vahy-noh ver-i-tas, -tahs, vee-noh]
  1. in wine there is truth.
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Examples from the Web for vino

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Historical Examples

  • 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
  1. an informal word for wine
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Word Origin

jocular use of Italian or Spanish vino

in vino veritas

  1. 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).

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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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