follow Dictionary.com

8 Words That Are Older Than You Think

oenophile

[ee-nuh-fahyl] /ˈi nəˌfaɪl/
noun
1.
a person who enjoys wines, usually as a connoisseur.
Also, oenophilist
[ee-nof-uh-list] /iˈnɒf ə lɪst/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; < French < Greek oîn(os) wine + -o- -o- + French -phile -phile
Related forms
oenophilia
[ee-nuh-fil-ee-uh] /ˌi nəˈfɪl i ə/ (Show IPA),
noun
oenophilic, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for oenophile
  • Let's say you're a true oenophile, one who has dreams of a wine cellar and the means to fill it.
  • Nascar team owners and drivers are coming out of the oenophile closet to both promote and produce their own vintages.
British Dictionary definitions for oenophile

oenophile

/ˈiːnəˌfaɪl/
noun
1.
a lover or connoisseur of wines
Word Origin
C20: from Greek oinos wine + -phile
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for oenophile
n.

1930 (as an adjective 1900), probably from French oenophile, from Greek oinos "wine" (see wine) + -phile.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for oenophile

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for oenophile

14
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for oenophile