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Oenophile

Definition: One who loves wine

Pronunciation: O-no-fil

Origin:

Oenophile reached the English language directly from the French oenophile which has the same meaning. The French word is a compound of the Greek oinos meaning wine and phile, meaning love.

Why this word?

Although having French and even Greek origins, oenophile is a very young word- it was introduced to the English language as late as 1930.

It is one of those words that relate to a specific jargon, in this case the jargon of wine and winemaking. If you’d look it up, you’d see that there are dozens or articles dealing with the different tastes of young oenophiles versus the older ones, you may see it in professional winery magazines, menus and basically anywhere that has to do with the professional drinking of wines.

This really isn’t my reason for why this word. I just love wine. I probably can’t actually be called an oenophile because I differentiate red from white by the color, but I don’t think it has to do with love.

Real love sees (and tastes) no colors.

How to use the word oenophile in a sentence?

Oenophile is a noun representing one who’s love for wine is evident.

“David is too much of an oenophile; he had so much to drink for our first date that I had to carry him home”!

“Don’t be such an oenophile, your profound analysis is boring me. Just drink your wine!”

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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for UnusedWords.com. Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.

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