WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
vin•tage /ˈvɪntɪdʒ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Wine[countable] the wine from a particular harvest or crop, esp. a very fine wine from the crop of a good year.
  2. [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.

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;
    choice:a vintage Shakespearean performance.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    vin•tage  (vintij), 
    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.

  • adj. 
  • 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.

  • v.t. 
  • 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.

  • v.i. 
  • Wineto harvest grapes for wine-making.
  • Etymology:
    • 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
    1. 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
    2. the harvest from which such a wine is obtained
    3. the harvesting of wine grapes
    4. the season of harvesting these grapes or for making wine
    5. a time of origin: a car of Edwardian vintage
    6. informal a group of people or objects of the same period: a fashion of last season's vintage
    1. (of wine) of an outstandingly good year
    2. representative of the best and most typical: vintage Shakespeare
    3. of lasting interest and importance; venerable; classic: vintage films
    4. old-fashioned; dated
    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)

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