Origin of vintage

1400–50; late Middle English (noun) < Anglo-French, equivalent to vint(er) vintner + -age -age; replacing Middle English vindage, vendage < Anglo-French; Old French vendange < Latin vīndēmia grape-gathering, equivalent to vīn(um) grape, wine + -dēmia a taking away (dēm(ere) to take from (see redeem) + -ia -y3)
Related formsnon·vin·tage, adjective, nounun·vin·taged, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of vintage

Historical Examples of vintage

  • You are as much out of your place as a vintage wine at a harvest supper.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The wine-making season the world over is known as the "vintage."

  • No little Baden vintage, no small wine of the Bergstrasse, can impose upon us!

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • She was, as far as age was concerned, a little "beyond the vintage."

    Debts of Honor

    Maurus Jkai

  • I'll give you a dinner at the Bertolini to-night, and you may have the magnum of any vintage you like.

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

British Dictionary definitions for vintage



the wine obtained from a harvest of grapes, esp in an outstandingly good year, referred to by the year involved, the district, or the vineyard
the harvest from which such a wine is obtained
  1. the harvesting of wine grapes
  2. the season of harvesting these grapes or for making wine
a time of origina car of Edwardian vintage
informal a group of people or objects of the same perioda fashion of last season's vintage


(of wine) of an outstandingly good year
representative of the best and most typicalvintage Shakespeare
of lasting interest and importance; venerable; classicvintage films
old-fashioned; dated


(tr) to gather (grapes) or make (wine)

Word Origin for vintage

C15: from Old French vendage (influenced by vintener vintner), from Latin vindēmia, from vīnum wine, grape + dēmere to take away (from dē- away + emere to take)
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Word Origin and History for vintage

mid-15c., "harvest of grapes, yield of wine from a vineyard," from Anglo-French vintage (mid-14c.), from Old French vendage "yield from a vineyard," from Latin vindemia "a gathering of grapes, yield of grapes," from comb. form of vinum "wine" (see wine) + stem of demere "take off" (from de- "from, away from" + emere "to take;" see exempt). Sense shifted to "age or year of a particular wine" (1746), then to a general adjectival sense of "being of an earlier time" (1883). Used of cars since 1928.

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