[ vahy-nuh s ]
/ ˈvaɪ nəs /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for vinous


/ (ˈvaɪnəs) /


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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