muscatel

[muhs-kuh-tel, muhs-kuh-tel]
noun
1.
a sweet wine made from muscat grapes.
2.
a muscat grape.
3.
a raisin made from muscat grapes.
Also, muscadel, muscadelle.


Origin:
1350–1400; < Middle French, equivalent to muscat muscat + -el noun suffix; replacing Middle English muscadel(le) < Middle French, equivalent to muscad- (< Old Provençal muscade, feminine of muscat musky) + -elle, feminine of -el noun suffix

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muscatel, muscadel or muscadelle (ˌmʌskəˈtɛl)
 
n
1.  Also called: muscat a rich sweet wine made from muscat grapes
2.  the grape or raisin from a muscat vine
 
[C14: from Old French muscadel, from Old Provençal, from moscadel, from muscat musky. See musk]
 
muscadel, muscadel or muscadelle
 
n
 
[C14: from Old French muscadel, from Old Provençal, from moscadel, from muscat musky. See musk]
 
muscadelle, muscadel or muscadelle
 
n
 
[C14: from Old French muscadel, from Old Provençal, from moscadel, from muscat musky. See musk]

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muscatel
c.1400, from O.Fr. muscadel, from Prov. *muscadel, dim. of muscat "(grape) with the fragrance of musk," from L.L. *muscatus, from muscus (see musk).
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As long as it isn't muscatel in the flat pint bottle, wine is always flattering, implying that your hosts are connoisseurs.
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