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[vint-ner] /ˈvɪnt nər/
a person who makes wine or sells wines.
Origin of vintner
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English vint(e)ner, derivative of vin(e)ter < Anglo-French; Old French vinetier < Medieval Latin vīnētārius, equivalent to Latin vīnēt(um) vineyard (vīn(um) wine + -ētum suffix denoting place where a given plant grows) + -ārius -ary Unabridged
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  • "The vintner affirms to sundry fantastic shapes of imps and spectres in company with the woman of Warrington," said Dauntrees.

  • This brought them out of the crowd, which was pouring from the street into the vintner's cellars.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • The instant he saw the intruder the vintner snatched a pistol from the drawer in the table and leveled it at Carmichael.

    The Goose Girl Harold MacGrath
  • Whether he was the son of a vintner or a joiner is a moot point.

  • Gretchen colored and the vintner flushed, the one with dismay and the other with anger.

    The Goose Girl Harold MacGrath
  • Consider what happens in the case of such words as vintner, lampman.

  • The vintner, active as a cat, saw Carmichael coming on a run.

    The Goose Girl Harold MacGrath
  • I will draw the vintner to the stoop, and when he runs low, tilt him.

  • Of the vintner he thought: "The hot-headed young fool, to risk his life like that!"

    The Goose Girl Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for vintner


a wine merchant
Word Origin
C15: from Old French vinetier, from Medieval Latin vīnētārius, from Latin vīnētum vineyard, from vīnumwine
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Word Origin and History for vintner

"wine merchant," early 15c., alteration of vinter (c.1300), from Anglo-French vineter, Old French vinetier, from Medieval Latin vinetarius "a wine dealer," from Latin vinetum "vineyard," from vinum "wine" (see vine).

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