Definition of grape noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɡreɪp//
; NAmE NAmE//ɡreɪp//
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  • a small green or purple fruit that grows in bunches on a climbing plant (called a vine). Wine is made from grapes. a bunch of grapes black/white grapes (= grapes that are actually purple/green in colour) We picked grapes in the south of France last summer. The peasants used to tread the grapes in huge vats. lovely sweet grapes See related entries: Fruit
  • Word OriginMiddle English (also in the Old French sense): from Old French, ‘bunch of grapes’, probably from graper ‘gather (grapes)’, from grap ‘hook’ (denoting an implement used in harvesting grapes), of Germanic origin.Idioms (saying) used to show that you think somebody is jealous and is pretending that something is not important He said he didn't want the job anyway, but that's just sour grapes.
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