Definition of vinous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvʌɪnəs/


1Resembling, associated with, or fond of wine: a vinous smell
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  • This Harvest Ale has a vinous character; it's sweet, rich, and high in alcohol.
  • But when his Italian wine ran out, the French Foreign Legion played the role of vinous seventh cavalry. ‘They got a ration of half a litre of Bordeaux a day, so we bought some wine from them.’
  • It sounds to me like the vinous equivalent of ‘teaching for the test,’ a phenomenon now rampant in American public schools as they aim to show improvements in standardized test scores.
1.1 literary Resembling red wine in colour: a wood pigeon with vinous underparts
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  • He was a stout man, of a vinous complexion, with what I should call here, where our speech is mostly uncouth, an educated accent
  • Water boiled on this paper acquired a vinous red colour



Pronunciation: /vʌɪˈnɒsɪti/
Example sentences
  • This wine smells fat like a ripe pear, dusted with a gently savoury/spicy oak and an under-lying vinosity that is beguiling.
  • This frank, classy champagne has the vinosity and generosity of Bouzy Pinot Noir in a well-balanced frame.
  • This is a product made in the image and method of the great champagnes, enhancing its vinosity with bubbles.


Example sentences
  • This vine has also been planted in Galicia and Rueda, where it is being uprooted in favour of local varieties, and in the increasingly vinously significant Canary Islands where it is the main white variety.
  • They lived on meagre incomes, waiting for a recall that might never come, reminiscing vinously about the glories of the past, and helping pave the way for a Napoleonic revival.
  • Southern France is most commonly associated, vinously speaking, with robust red wine values.


Late Middle English: from Latin vinum 'wine' + -ous.

Words that rhyme with vinous

Aquinas, Delphinus, echinus, Linus, Longinus, minus, Plotinus, sinus

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