- burgundy (wine)
Adapted from Medieval Latin Burgundia, French Bourgogne, from Late Latin Burgundiones (“highlanders”), from the name of a Germanic tribe (compare the root of burg, borough), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bhrgh-nt- (“high, mighty”), from *bʰerǵʰ- (“high”). Cognate with Old Armenian բուրգն (burgn, “tower”), Proto-Celtic *brixs.
Burgundy (wine) is an abbreviation of the attributive use of the regional name, in Burgundy wine.
Burgundy (plural Burgundies)
- A variety of red wine from this region.
1891, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray:
- Some day, when you are tired of London, come down to Treadley, and expound to me your philosophy of pleasure over some admirable Burgundy I am fortunate enough to possess.
- A variety of wine resembling that of Burgundy; especially from Australia or California.