grands crus

Grand Cru

[French grahn kry]
noun, plural Grands Crus [French grahn kry] . French.
See under cru.
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cru

[kroo; French kry] .
noun, plural crus [krooz; French kry] .
(in France) a vineyard producing wine of high quality, sometimes classified by the government as either a Great Growth (Grand Cru) or a First Growth (Premier Cru)

Origin:
1815–25; < French, noun use of crû, past participle of croître to grow < Latin crēscere

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cru (kruː, French kry)
 
n
winemaking (in France) a vineyard, group of vineyards, or wine-producing region
 
[from French: production, from crû, past participle of croître to grow]

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cru
from Fr. cru "vineyard," lit. "growth" (16c.), from O.Fr. crois (12c.; Mod. Fr. croît), from croiss-, stem of croistre "growth, augment, increase," ult. from L. crescere "come forth, spring up, grow, thrive" (see crescent).
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CRU
Crux (constellation)
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