Definition of Gamay in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡaˈmā/ Pronunciation: /ˈɡamā/


1A variety of black wine grape native to the Beaujolais district of France.
Example sentences
  • Galet cites scores of different Gamays, many quite unrelated to the Beaujolais archetype, many of them particular clonal selections of it, and many more of them red-fleshed teinturiers once widely used to add colour to vapid blends.
  • This is far-north wine-growing, and the grapes planted, the white Sauvignon and Chenin, the red Cabernet Franc and Gamay, are all varieties prized for their fairly acid and raw qualities.
  • The grape ripens late, providing a richness of flavour not found in either Gamay or Pinot Noir.
1.1A fruity red wine made from the Gamay grape.
Example sentences
  • Instead, try a lighter, fruitier red like Gamay.
  • This Fleurie estate has made a concentrated, almost Burgundian-style Gamay.
  • Most are unaware of the quality Gamays being produced in the New World, most notably in the Okanagan.
1.2 (also Gamay-Beaujolais) A red wine with a fruity flavor.
Example sentences
  • California Gamay-Beaujolais and Barberas - known as ‘hamburger reds’ - are also barbecue-friendly.
  • So I do have a bit of a soft-spot for these Gamays, but they taste thin and pale compared to the great wines of France.
  • According to trend watchers, California gamay beaujolais is on the verge of stardom.


From the name of a hamlet in Burgundy, eastern France.

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Syllabification: Ga·may

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