From Anglo-Norman vendenge, from Old French vendage, (cognate with French vendange), from Latin vīndēmia (“a gathering of grapes, vintage”), from vīnum (“wine”) + dēmō (“take off or away, remove”), from de (“of; from, away from”) + emō (“acquire, obtain”).
vintage (plural vintages)
- The yield of grapes or wine from a vineyard or district during one season.
- Wine, especially high-quality, identified as to year and vineyard or district of origin.
- The harvesting of a grape crop and the initial pressing of juice for winemaking.
- The year or place in which something is produced.
- (attributively) Of or relating to a vintage, or to wine identified by a specific vintage.
- (attributively) Having an enduring appeal; high-quality, classic (such as video or computer games from the 1980s and early 1990s, or old magazines, etc.).
- (attributively) Of a motor car, built between the years 1919 and (usually) 1930 (or sometimes 1919 to 1925 in the USA).
- Of a watch, produced between the years 1870 and 1980.
- vintage in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- vintage in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911