[vahy-nuh s]


of, resembling, or containing wine.
of, relating to, or characteristic of wine: a vinous fragrance.
produced by, indicative of, or given to indulgence in wine.
wine red; wine-colored: a vinous hue.

Origin of vinous

1655–65; < Latin vīnōsus, equivalent to vīn(um) wine + -ōsus -ous
Related formsnon·vi·nous, adjectiveun·vi·nous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vinous

Contemporary Examples of vinous

Historical Examples of vinous

  • Thus, Saint Antoine in this vinous feature of his, until midday.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • It penetrated the vinous fog that beset the brain of Richard, and startled him.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

  • The flesh is tender and juicy with a rich, sweet, vinous flavor.

  • And so does Tertullian, which liquor pressed from apples, he says, was most strong and vinous.

    Ebrietatis Encomium

    Boniface Oinophilus

  • Might not the residue of the distillation of my vinous liquor have the same acidity?

    The Art of Making Whiskey

    Anthony Boucherie

British Dictionary definitions for vinous



of, relating to, or characteristic of wine
indulging in or indicative of indulgence in winea vinous complexion

Word Origin for vinous

C17: from Latin vīnōsus, from vīnum wine
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Word Origin and History for vinous

1660s, from Latin vinosus, from vinum "wine" (see wine).

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