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vintage

[vin-tij] /ˈvɪn tɪdʒ/
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 relating 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
late Middle English
1400-1450
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)
Related forms
nonvintage, adjective, noun
unvintaged, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vintages

vintage

/ˈvɪntɪdʒ/
noun
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.
  1. the harvesting of wine grapes
  2. 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
adjective
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
verb
10.
(transitive) to gather (grapes) or make (wine)
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for vintages

vintage

n.

mid-15c., "harvest of grapes, yield of wine from a vineyard," from Anglo-French vintage (mid-14c.), from Old French vendage "yield from a vineyard," from Latin vindemia "a gathering of grapes, yield of grapes," from comb. form of vinum "wine" (see 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 adjectival sense of "being of an earlier time" (1883). Used of cars since 1928.

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