Definition of enology in English:

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Pronunciation: /ēˈnäləjē/
(also oenology)


The study of wines.
Example sentences
  • She had a greater passion for the Pinot Noir her parents were making and set out to study enology in Beaune, France, for the edge of respect that a second-generation winemaker here might need.
  • Early on, Shari went back to school to study viticulture and enology at the University of California, Davis.
  • There's a practical, workhorse ethic about the school's enology and viticulture programs, where students learn winemaking on a commercial scale.



Pronunciation: /ēnəˈläjək(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • These impacts on vine development and berry composition enhance enological quality potential, especially for red wine production.
  • We have analyzed their influence on two grapes in fermentations conducted at four different temperatures by studying volatile compound production, sugar assimilation and other characteristics influencing the enological properties of wine caused by the impact of yeast.
  • If I import wine from a country with which the United States has an enological practices agreement, is the wine subject to certification?


Pronunciation: /ēˈnäləjəst/
Example sentences
  • You have to have just the right wine; with just the right food; in just the right glasses; at just the right age; at just the right temperature; made by just the right enologist; with just the right score.
  • They are adopting new cultivation techniques, blending local grapes with better-known varietals, and tapping the expertise of leading enologists worldwide.
  • An enologist at the University of California, Davis, said consumer research ‘has really shown that most people don't really care too much about how their bottled wine is closed.’


Early 19th century: from Greek oinos 'wine' + -logy.

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Syllabification: e·nol·o·gy

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