Meaning of in vino veritas in English:

in vino veritas

Pronunciation /ɪn ˌviːnəʊ ˈvɛrɪtɑːs/


  • Under the influence of alcohol, a person tells the truth.

    ‘in vino veritas, Frances, I love you’
    • ‘When the drink is in, the truth comes out, especially for men, giving yet more support, as if any were needed, to the Roman adage in vino veritas.’
    • ‘She claimed it was all the fault of booze and pills, of course, but in vino veritas, as we all know.’
    • ‘I made my provisional selection (for this poll) while drunk, but in vino veritas and all of that, so I'll keep the original seven and take three more from the rest.’
    • ‘The truth will come out, and, of course, the wine could help loosen tongues - in vino veritas.’


Latin, literally ‘truth in wine’.