Definition of muscatel in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌmʌskəˈtɛl
(also muscadel)


  • 1A muscat grape, especially as grown for drying to make raisins.
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    • It is a blend of Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, muscatel and Gewürztraminer.
    • These oils are used in making perfume and in imparting a muscatel flavor to wines, vermouths, and liqueurs.
    • Over the centuries, viniculture in what is now Peru and Chile developed brandy from muscatel grapes, now called pisco.
  • 1.1A raisin made from a muscatel grape.
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    • Soft and spicy, with aged wine characters and flavours of muscatel raisins.
    • See also currants, lexias, muscatels, sultanas, and raisins for specific sorts of dried grape.
  • 1.2 [mass noun] A wine made from muscatel grapes.
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    • This is a remote arid area of thorn bushes, ostriches, and minimal rainfall, but the town, Montagu, is famous for the production of muscatel, a sweet dessert wine.
    • How sweet the coffee tastes, more delicious than a thousand kisses, mellower than muscatel wine.


via Old French from Provençal, diminutive of muscat (see muscat).

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