Nearby words

  1. vinous,
  2. vins,
  3. vinson,
  4. vinson massif,
  5. vinson, frederick moore,
  6. vintage car,
  7. vintage wine,
  8. vintage year,
  9. vintager,
  10. vintner

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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British Dictionary definitions for vintage

vintage

/ (ˈvɪntɪdʒ) /

noun

adjective

verb

(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

vintage

n.

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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