Nearby words

  1. windward passage,
  2. windway,
  3. windy,
  4. windy city,
  5. windz,
  6. wine and dine,
  7. wine bar,
  8. wine box,
  9. wine cellar,
  10. wine cooler


    new wine in old bottles, something new placed in or superimposed on an old or existing form, system, etc. Matt. 9:17.
    wine and dine, to entertain lavishly: They wined and dined us in order to get us to sign the new contract.

Origin of wine

before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English wīn (cognate with Dutch wijn, German Wein, Old Norse vīn, Gothic wein) ≪ Latin vīnum (cognate with Greek oînos)

Related formswine·less, adjectivewin·ish, adjective

Can be confusedwine whine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for wine and dine



  1. an alcoholic drink produced by the fermenting of grapes with water and sugarRelated adjectives: vinaceous, vinous
  2. an alcoholic drink produced in this way from other fruits, flowers, etcelderberry wine
  1. a dark red colour, sometimes with a purplish tinge
  2. (as adjective)wine-coloured
anything resembling wine in its intoxicating or invigorating effect
pharmacol obsolete fermented grape juice containing medicaments
Adam's wine British a dialect word for water
new wine in old bottles something new added to or imposed upon an old or established order


(intr) to drink wine
wine and dine to entertain or be entertained with wine and fine food
Derived Formswineless, adjective

Word Origin for wine

Old English wīn, from Latin vīnum; related to Greek oinos, of obscure origin

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Word Origin and History for wine and dine
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Idioms and Phrases with wine and dine

wine and dine

Entertain someone or treat someone to a fine meal, as in The company likes to wine and dine visiting scientists. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]

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