Definition of


  1. (noun, food) dry fruity red wine from California
  2. (noun, plant) small black grape grown chiefly in California; transplanted from Europe

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Alternate forms of Zinfandel

Hypernyms: common grape vine, red wine, vinifera, vinifera grape, vitis vinifera

Origin of the word Zinfandel

  1. 1896, "red or white dry California wine," origin uncertain; used earlier as the name of the grape from which it was made (1880). The wine itself is said to have been known in U.S. since 1829. Some wine experts suggest a corruption of the Austrian grape name Zierfandler, though these grapes are not related to those of zinfandel. E.g. this article:
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