1. a white grape used in winemaking.
  2. a dry white wine made with this grape.

noun (sometimes not capital)

  1. a white grape originally grown in the Burgundy region of France, and now throughout the wine-producing world
  2. any of various white wines made from this grape

type of wine, 1907, from French chardonnay, originally the type of grape used to make the wine, supposedly named for the town of Chardonnay, Saône-et-Loire, in eastern France. The name is said to be from Latin Cardonnacum.

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