Definition of vine in English:

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Pronunciation: /vʌɪn/


1A climbing or trailing woody-stemmed plant related to the grapevine.
  • Vitis and other genera, family Vitaceae.
Example sentences
  • Most of the vines are white grape varieties thought to be likely to fare better in the Scarborough climate.
  • Most are vines or climbing plants, but some are herbs as well.
  • Like its cultivated successors, the wild vine is a climbing plant which needs to grow up some support.
1.1Used in names of climbing or trailing plants of other families, e.g. Russian vine.
Example sentences
  • Moon vine has earned its name from the way its flowers gleam in the moonlight or any other type of reflected light.
  • The aim of this work was to assess the fertility and breeding potential of the triploid and aneuploid hybrids with a view to developing an improved vine cactus crop.
  • In addition to these, a laceleaf Japanese maple, a vine maple, blue oat grass, and other ornamentals cover the berm.
1.2The slender stem of a trailing or climbing plant: the vines of a vast wisteria
More example sentences
  • Many species of native shrubs, vines and herbaceous plants were observed along hedgerows.
  • Plant a clematis vine 2 to 3 feet away from your climbing rose and train them to grow together for an extended flowering display.
  • All the surrounding high-rises are screened out with clematis and honeysuckle vines on the perimeter fence.
2 (vines) US informal Clothes: the hip got their vines at Wolmuth’s on Market Street



Pronunciation: /ˈvʌɪni/
Example sentences
  • In wet clay or poorly drained soils, fig trees produce mostly vegetative, viny growth with few fruits.
  • Stalk these bugs vigilantly when they first appear, and you may be able to save your viny vegetables organically this year.
  • All around the horse corral, it was overgrown with viny bushes and thick rooted willows.


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin vinea 'vineyard, vine', from vinum 'wine'.

  • wine from Old English:

    At heart wine is the same word as vine (Middle English). Both can be traced back to Latin vinum, ‘wine’, which also gave us vinegar (Middle English) formed from Latin vinus acer ‘sour wine’; vintage (Late Middle English) via French vendage, from Latin vindemia ‘wine removal’; and vinyl—in technical use vinyl is a plastic created from a derivative of ethylene, which is a naturally occurring gas given off by ripening fruit. Wine, women, and song (late 19th century) was suggested by ‘Wine and women will make men of understanding to fall away’ from the biblical book of Ecclesiasticus, which is probably behind ‘Who loves not wine, woman, and song, / He is a fool his whole life long’, a translation of an anonymous German fragment of poetry. The original German Wein, Weib, and Gesang was first popularized as the title of an 1869 Strauss waltz, and the translation became a generic term for this kind of music. See also truth

Words that rhyme with vine

align, assign, benign, brine, chine, cline, combine, condign, confine, consign, dine, divine, dyne, enshrine, entwine, fine, frontline, hardline, interline, intertwine, kine, Klein, line, Main, malign, mine, moline, nine, on-line, opine, outshine, pine, Rhein, Rhine, shine, shrine, sign, sine, spine, spline, stein, Strine, swine, syne, thine, tine, trine, twine, Tyne, underline, undermine, whine, wine

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