Definition of muscatel in English:


(also muscadel)


  • 1A muscat grape, especially as grown for drying to make raisins.

    • ‘It is a blend of Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, muscatel and Gewürztraminer.’
    • ‘These oils are used in making perfume and in imparting a muscatel flavor to wines, vermouths, and liqueurs.’
    • ‘Over the centuries, viniculture in what is now Peru and Chile developed brandy from muscatel grapes, now called pisco.’
    1. 1.1A raisin made from a muscatel grape.
      ‘Soft and spicy, with aged wine characters and flavours of muscatel raisins.’
      ‘See also currants, lexias, muscatels, sultanas, and raisins for specific sorts of dried grape.’
    2. 1.2mass noun A wine made from muscatel grapes.
      ‘This is a remote arid area of thorn bushes, ostriches, and minimal rainfall, but the town, Montagu, is famous for the production of muscatel, a sweet dessert wine.’
      ‘How sweet the coffee tastes, more delicious than a thousand kisses, mellower than muscatel wine.’


Via Old French from Provençal, diminutive of muscat (see muscat).