Definition of Rhenish in English:


Syllabification: Rhen·ish
Pronunciation: /ˈreniSH, ˈrē-


  • Of the Rhine and the regions adjoining it.
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    • Often in a palette of blue, red, black and white, these kaleidoscopic paintings have been related to the intricate stained-glass windows of Rhenish cathedrals.
    • Catholic liberals, meanwhile, such as the Rhenish bourgeois, found themselves expected to choose between their liberalism and their Catholicism.
    • Hence, Viking graves often contain Arab silver, Byzantine silks, Frankish weapons, Rhenish glass, and other products of an extensive trade.


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  • Wine from Rhine and the regions adjoining it.
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    • Marcellus mistakes the trumpet blare that ‘brays out’ Claudius' draining of his draught of Rhenish for the striking of midnight.
    • At meals she may be indulged with half a pint of old, clear London porter, or a glass of Rhenish wine.
    • He is said to have died of a surfeit of Rhenish wine and pickled herrings, though it may more likely have been plague, of which there was a severe outbreak in 1592.


late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French reneis, from a medieval Latin alteration of Latin Rhenanus, from Rhenus 'Rhine'.

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