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Meaning of vintage

vin•tage

Pronunciation: (vin'tij), [key]
— n., adj., v., -taged, -tag•ing.
—n.
  1. the wine from a particular harvest or crop.
  2. the annual produce of the grape harvest, esp. with reference to the wine obtained.
  3. an exceptionally fine wine from the crop of a good year.
  4. the time of gathering grapes, or of winemaking.
  5. the act or process of producing wine; winemaking.
  6. the class of a dated object with reference to era of production or use: a hat of last year's vintage.
—adj.
  1. of or pertaining to wines or winemaking.
  2. being of a specified vintage: Vintage wines are usually more expensive than nonvintage wines.
  3. representing the high quality of a past time: vintage cars; vintage movies.
  4. old-fashioned or obsolete: vintage jokes.
  5. being the best of its kind: They praised the play as vintage O'Neill.
—v.t.
  1. to gather or harvest (grapes) for wine-making: The muscats were vintaged too early.
  2. to make (wine) from grapes: a region that vintages a truly great champagne.
—v.i.
  1. to harvest grapes for wine-making.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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