- a social gathering at which wine is the major beverage.
- a party, especially one held by university students, for drinking wine.
verb (used with object), wined, win·ing.
verb (used without object), wined, win·ing.
Origin of wine
- 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
Word Origin for wine
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.