vintage

[vin-tij]
noun
1.
the wine from a particular harvest or crop.
2.
the annual produce of the grape harvest, especially with reference to the wine obtained.
3.
an exceptionally fine wine from the crop of a good year.
4.
the time of gathering grapes, or of winemaking.
5.
the act or process of producing wine; winemaking.
6.
the class of a dated object with reference to era of production or use: a hat of last year's vintage.
adjective
7.
of or pertaining to wines or winemaking.
8.
being of a specified vintage: Vintage wines are usually more expensive than nonvintage wines.
9.
representing the high quality of a past time: vintage cars; vintage movies.
10.
old-fashioned or obsolete: vintage jokes.
11.
being the best of its kind: They praised the play as vintage O'Neill.
verb (used with object), vintaged, vintaging.
12.
to gather or harvest (grapes) for wine-making: The muscats were vintaged too early.
13.
to make (wine) from grapes: a region that vintages a truly great champagne.
verb (used without object), vintaged, vintaging.
14.
to harvest grapes for wine-making.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English (noun) < Anglo-French, equivalent to vint(er) vintner + -age -age; replacing Middle English vindage, vendage < Anglo-French; Old French vendange < Latin vīndēmia grape-gathering, equivalent to vīn(um) grape, wine + -dēmia a taking away (dēm(ere) to take from (see redeem) + -ia -y3)

nonvintage, adjective, noun
unvintaged, adjective
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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.  a.  the harvesting of wine grapes
 b.  the season of harvesting these grapes or for making wine
4.  a time of origin: a car of Edwardian vintage
5.  informal a group of people or objects of the same period: a fashion of last season's vintage
 
adj
6.  (of wine) of an outstandingly good year
7.  representative of the best and most typical: vintage Shakespeare
8.  of lasting interest and importance; venerable; classic: vintage films
9.  old-fashioned; dated
 
vb
10.  (tr) to gather (grapes) or make (wine)
 
[C15: from Old French vendage (influenced by vintenervintner), from Latin vindēmia, from vīnumwine, grape + dēmere to take away (from dē- away + emere to take)]

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vintage
mid-15c., "harvest of grapes, yield of wine from a vineyard," from Anglo-Fr. vintage (mid-14c.), from O.Fr. vendage "yield from a vineyard," from L. vindemia "a gathering of grapes, yield of grapes," from comb. form of vinum "wine" + stem of demere "take off" (from de- "from, away from" + emere "to
take;" see exempt). Sense shifted to "age or year of a particular wine" (1746), then to a general sense of "being of an earlier time" (1883). Used of cars since 1928.
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Example sentences
Of course, vintage wine verbiage has long been the subject of crisp yet tart
  lampooning.
Among motor boat enthusiasts, the vintage launch has always been the queen of
  the waterways.
Last year was certainly a vintage one for world trade.
On tabletops and couches are stacks and stacks of vintage photographs.
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