Sunday, December 20, 2015

oenophile: Word of the Day
Dec. 20, 2015

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1. a person who enjoys wines, usually as a connoisseur.
On a recent brisk Saturday afternoon, at the point where the tail of Atlantic Avenue dips toward New York Harbor, wine and spirits buyers ducked into Heights Chateau to assemble their weekend libations. Behind an antique-looking facade, the store is an oenophile's apothecary.
-- Andrew Cotto, "At Heights Chateau, a Welcoming Home for Wine Lovers," New York Times, November 11, 2015
Oenophile has roots in the Greek word for wine, oînos. The combining form -phile means "lover of" or "enthusiast for" that which is specified by the initial element.
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