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vin•tage /ˈvɪntɪdʒ/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
adj. [before a noun]
Winebeing of a specified vintage:a 1978 vintage wine.
representing the high quality of a past time; classic:those old, vintage movies.
being the best of its kind;
- Wine[countable] the wine from a particular harvest or crop, esp. a very fine wine from the crop of a good year.
- [uncountable] the output of a particular time or year;
a collection of things manufactured or in use at the same time:a car of 1917 vintage.
choice:a vintage Shakespearean performance.
(vin′tij), n., adj., v., -taged, -tag•ing.
Winethe wine from a particular harvest or crop.
Winethe annual produce of the grape harvest, esp. with reference to the wine obtained.
Winean exceptionally fine wine from the crop of a good year.
Winethe time of gathering grapes, or of winemaking.
Winethe act or process of producing wine;
the class of a dated object with reference to era of production or use:a hat of last year's vintage.
Wineof or pertaining to wines or winemaking.
Winebeing of a specified vintage:Vintage wines are usually more expensive than nonvintage wines.
representing the high quality of a past time:vintage cars; vintage movies.
old-fashioned or obsolete:vintage jokes.
being the best of its kind:They praised the play as vintage O'Neill.
Wineto gather or harvest (grapes) for wine-making:The muscats were vintaged too early.
Wineto make (wine) from grapes:a region that vintages a truly great champagne.
Wineto harvest grapes for wine-making.
- Latin vīndēmia grape-gathering, equivalent. to vīn(um) grape, wine + -dēmia a taking away (dēm(ere) to take from (see redeem) + -ia -y3)
- Anglo-French; Old French vendange
- Anglo-French, equivalent. to vint(er) vintner + -age -age; replacing Middle English vindage, vendage
- late Middle English (noun, nominal) 1400–50
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vintage /ˈvɪntɪdʒ/ n
- the wine obtained from a harvest of grapes, esp in an outstandingly good year, referred to by the year involved, the district, or the vineyard
- the harvest from which such a wine is obtained
- the harvesting of wine grapes
- the season of harvesting these grapes or for making wine
- a time of origin: a car of Edwardian vintage
- informal a group of people or objects of the same period: a fashion of last season's vintage
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French vendage (influenced by vintener vintner), from Latin vindēmia, from vīnum wine, grape + dēmere to take away (from dē- away + emere to take)
- (of wine) of an outstandingly good year
- representative of the best and most typical: vintage Shakespeare
- of lasting interest and importance; venerable; classic: vintage films
- old-fashioned; dated
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