Meaning of Rhenish in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrɛnɪʃ/


  • Of the Rhine and the regions adjoining it.

    ‘Often in a palette of blue, red, black and white, these kaleidoscopic paintings have been related to the intricate stained-glass windows of Rhenish cathedrals.’
    • ‘Catholic liberals, meanwhile, such as the Rhenish bourgeois, found themselves expected to choose between their liberalism and their Catholicism.’
    • ‘Hence, Viking graves often contain Arab silver, Byzantine silks, Frankish weapons, Rhenish glass, and other products of an extensive trade.’
    • ‘Moreover, although the Rhenish princes had hurried to comply with Louis XVI's ultimatum, by the time they did so their suzerain in Vienna had decided to intervene on their behalf.’
    • ‘The significance of the Rhenish branch's views on the Reichstag faction's policies is not consistently drawn out.’


mass noun
  • Wine from the Rhine region.

    ‘Marcellus mistakes the trumpet blare that ‘brays out’ Claudius' draining of his draught of Rhenish for the striking of midnight.’
    • ‘At meals she may be indulged with half a pint of old, clear London porter, or a glass of Rhenish wine.’
    • ‘He is said to have died of a surfeit of Rhenish wine and pickled herrings, though it may more likely have been plague, of which there was a severe outbreak in 1592.’


Late Middle English from Anglo-Norman French reneis, from a medieval Latin alteration of Latin Rhenanus, from Rhenus ‘Rhine’.