a. A beverage made of the fermented juice of any of various kinds of grapes, usually containing from 10 to 15 percent alcohol by volume.
b. A beverage made of the fermented juice of any of various other fruits or plants.
2. Something that intoxicates or exhilarates.
3. The color of red wine.
v. wined, win·ing, wines
To provide or entertain with wine.
To drink wine.
[Middle English, from Old English wīn, from Latin vīnum.]
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