Share this entry

Share this page

grapevine

Line breaks: grape|vine
Pronunciation: /ˈɡreɪpvʌɪn
 
/

Definition of grapevine in English:

noun

1A vine native to both Eurasia and North America, especially one bearing grapes used for eating or winemaking.
  • Genus Vitis, family Vitaceae: many species, in particular V. vinifera and the American V. labrusca
Example sentences
  • It attacks only grapevines, and kills vines by attacking their roots.
  • Though native, grapevines sometimes become too prolific and pull large trees over, causing a loss of shade, which many herbs need.
  • Wheat, grapevines, almonds, olives, and oranges were planted from the beginning.
2 informal Used to refer to the circulation of rumours and unofficial information: I’d heard on the grapevine that the business was nearly settled
More example sentences
  • I've heard the rumours on the grapevine, but am I the only coach to sign players in the summer?
  • But, the rumours are on the grapevine that there are still some very big fish out there to be caught.
  • As soundbytes of gossip regarding imminent closures of galleries circulated through the grapevine in past months, I admit I panicked at first.

Definition of grapevine in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day jaunt
Pronunciation: dʒɔːnt
noun
a short excursion or journey made for pleasure