Definition of Sémillon in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈsɛmɪjɒ̃/


[mass noun]
1A variety of white wine grape grown in France and elsewhere.
Example sentences
  • Three grape varieties are planted: Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle.
  • An essential white grape of Bordeaux, Sémillon is a golden-berried goddess, producing some of the longest-lasting white wines ever made.
  • Sémillon ripens earlier in the season than most grapes and is less likely to be damaged by rains or frost.
1.1A white wine made from the Semillon grape.
Example sentences
  • In the great, long-lived dry whites of Graves and Pessac-Léognan Sémillon usually predominates and inspires rich, golden, honeyed, viscous wines quite unlike any Sémillons made elsewhere.
  • Drinking Semillon is like drinking a tropical fruit mix topped with honey.


French dialect, based on Latin semen 'seed'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: Sé¦mil|lon

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

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