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From Old French muscadel, from Old Occitan.


muscadel (countable and uncountable, plural muscadels)

  1. muscatel (wine or grape)
    • 1910, Jean Froissart, Thomas Malory, Raphael Holinshed, Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)[1]:
      Howbeit, as the beer well sodden in the brewing, and stale, is clear and well coloured as muscadel or malvesey, or rather yellow as the gold noble, as our pot-knights call it, so our ale, which is not at all or very little sodden, and without hops, is more thick, fulsome, and of no such continuance, which are three notable things to be considered in that liquor.
    • 1854, William Harrison Ainsworth, The Lancashire Witches[2]:
      The rich muscadel and malmsey, and the wines of Gascoigne and the Rhine, are no longer quaffed by the abbot and his more honoured guests, but drunk to his destruction by his foes.
    • 1875, E. R. Billings, Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce[3]:
      It was his custom to wash the tobacco in muscadel and grains, and to keep it moist by wrapping it in greased leather, and oiled rags, or by burying it in gravel.