white wine

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A glass of white wine


From Middle English white wyn, whit win.


white wine (countable and uncountable, plural white wines)

  1. Light-coloured wine (usually yellow with a hint of green but not pink).
    • 2005, Barbara Nowak, Beverly Wichman, The Everything Wine Book:
      In contrast to making red wine, the juice for white wine is fermented without the skins and seeds.
  2. (obsolete, slang) Gin.
    • 1820, Thomas Moore, W. Simpkin, R. Marshall, Jack Randall's Diary of Proceedings at the House of Call for Genius:
      Jack Randall then impatient rose, / And said, ‘Tom's speech were just as fine / If he would call that first of goes / By that genteeler name—white wine.'

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  • (white wine): John Camden Hotten (1873) The Slang Dictionary

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