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Syllabification: grape
Pronunciation: /ɡrāp

Definition of grape in English:


1A berry, typically green (classified as white), purple, red, or black, growing in clusters on a grapevine, eaten as fruit, and used in making wine.
Example sentences
  • Invest in a set of small plastic boxes for chopped fresh fruit, strawberries, grapes or cherries.
  • Both are made from white or black grapes, or from a mixture of the two.
  • One of the original methods of producing rosé was to mix white grapes with black at the fermentation stage.
1.1 (the grape) informal Wine: an exploration of the grape
More example sentences
  • This piercingly aromatic, citrus fruit and gooseberry-like white is drier and much closer to Sancerre than most Kiwi interpretations of the grape.
  • It was while on engineering business in France that he fell under the grape's spell and decided to bring wine and wine culture home.
  • He did a brief stint in the insurance industry, but his love of the grape soon led him to the wine business.
2A dark purplish red color.
3 short for grapeshot.
Example sentences
  • The Jacobites stood the fire for some time before charging, being decimated by grape and musket shot.
  • The naval commander, in his barrage covering the landing, used round shot instead of grape or canister, in order to minimize casualties.
  • Grape shot was widely used in the 19th century wars, but by the time of the American Civil War, grape was primarily used by navel gun crews.


Middle English (also in the Old French sense): from Old French, 'bunch of grapes', probably from graper 'gather grapes', from grap 'hook' (denoting an implement used in harvesting grapes), of Germanic origin.



(also grapy) adjective (grapier, grapiest)
Example sentences
  • Honestly, the only significant thought I had about this wine was: ‘it's very grapey.’
  • Floral and grapey aromas take on a slight apricot and citrus edge before offering dry to off-dry flavours of fresh firm apricots with an orangey citrus tang and earthiness on the finish.
  • With the Riesling, this makes for one of the driest wines in France, in no way resembling the flowery, grapey Riesling of the German Rhine.

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