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From Pinot Grigio, Italian form of French Pinot gris, "gray Pinot".


grigio (plural grigios)

  1. (informal) A Pinot Grigio wine.
    • 1998, Mike Hoye, “Racquet advice for newbie”, in (Usenet):
      Like good wine, if you'll let me get a wee bit elitist on you. You probably won't know the difference between a chardonnay and a grigio on first tasting, even if you know they aren't quite the same.
    • 2006, Laurie R King, The art of detection:
      "Latte and a grigio," the waiter agreed.




Borrowed from Old French or Old Occitan, both from Frankish *grīs, from Proto-Germanic *grēwaz (grey), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰregʰwos (grey), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰer- (to glow, shine). Akin to Old High German grīs (grey) (German greis), Old English grīs (grey), Old High German grāo (grey), Old English grǣġ (grey), Old Norse grār (grey). More at grizzle, grey.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɡri.d͡ʒo/
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  • Rhymes: -idʒo
  • Hyphenation: grì‧gio


grigio (feminine grigia, masculine plural grigi, feminine plural grige or grigie)

  1. grey
  2. dismal, murky, sombre
  3. drab


grigio m (plural grigi)

  1. grey

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Colors in Italian · colori (layout · text)
     bianco      argento; grigio      nero
             rosso; cremisi              arancione; marrone; bronzo              giallo; oro; crema
             verde chiaro; limetta              verde              verde acqua; acquamarina; verde menta; verde menta scuro
             ciano; azzurro; celeste; blu petrolio; foglia di              azzurro; celeste; celeste scuro              blu; blu scuro
             violetto; indaco              magenta; viola              rosa; fucsia; porpora