- the fermented juice of grapes, made in many varieties, such as red, white, sweet, dry, still, and sparkling, for use as a beverage, in cooking, in religious rites, etc., and usually having an alcoholic content of 14 percent or less.
- a particular variety of such fermented grape juice: port and sherry wines.
- the juice, fermented or unfermented, of various other fruits or plants, used as a beverage, sauce, etc.: gooseberry wine; currant wine.
- a dark reddish color, as of red wines.
- Pharmacology. vinum.
- something that invigorates, cheers, or intoxicates like wine.
- a social gathering at which wine is the major beverage.
- a party, especially one held by university students, for drinking wine.
- Obsolete. intoxication due to the drinking of wine.
- dark red in color.
- to supply with wine: He wined his cellar with rare vintages.
- to drink wine.
- 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
Examples from the Web for wining
The last two presidential elections raised doubts about whether Democrats were capable of wining at all.The Pessimists' Party
October 21, 2008
I used to watch those Jews' hands, a year ago, when I was dining and wining them.The Market-Place
This was another place where the North was close to wining the war and did not.The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Six
But how would it have wining your gentle and loving heart to know that I should have inherited your secret griefs and sufferings?The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain
Consequently, now that everyone is settled, the dining and wining has begun.Army Letters from an Officer's Wife, 1871-1888
Frances M.A. Roe
As if life were all gas, and wining, and electric light, and the things you don't talk about before ladies.The Incredible Honeymoon
- an alcoholic drink produced by the fermenting of grapes with water and sugarRelated adjectives: vinaceous, vinous
- an alcoholic drink produced in this way from other fruits, flowers, etcelderberry wine
- a dark red colour, sometimes with a purplish tinge
- (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
Word Origin and History for wining
Old English win, from Proto-Germanic *winam (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German win, Old Norse vin, Dutch wijn, German Wein), an early borrowing from Latin vinum "wine," from PIE *win-o-, from an Italic noun related to words for "wine" in Greek (oinos), Armenian, Hittite, and non-Indo-European Georgian and West Semitic (cf. Arabic wain, Hebrew yayin), probably from a lost Mediterranean language word *win-/*woin- "wine." Also from Latin vinum are Old Church Slavonic vino, Lithuanian vynas, Welsh gwin, Old Irish fin. Essentially the same word as vine (q.v.). Wine snob is recorded from 1951.
"entertain with wine," 1862, from wine (n.). Related: Wined; wining.