Definition of oenophile in English:



(also US enophile)
  • A connoisseur of wines.

    ‘But could you call yourself an oenophile if you still had to point to the wine list and grunt at the sommelier, ‘That one’?’
    • ‘Many are the oenophiles who spent the better part of an evening ignoring their guests while reading the wine book.’
    • ‘Winters thinks St. George can make inroads with oenophiles, so he'll hit wine tastings, too.’
    • ‘A premium has been placed on staff training, and several knowledgeable oenophiles walk the floor to assist and educate on wine decisions.’
    • ‘Wine critics and oenophiles can get very sniffy about these wines, and often do their best to avoid them.’
    • ‘For whatever reason, owning a vineyard and a winery is a dream for many an oenophile.’
    • ‘Heaven forbid these oenophiles be deprived of the fabulous Sonoma County Viogniers.’
    • ‘I am a bit of an oenophile, so we went to a lot of local wineries, and tried the local product.’
    • ‘Proper storage lets smart oenophiles buy bottles that are young and cheap.’
    • ‘I think that Steve is right to defend the oenophiles, but wrong to feel that they need defending.’
    • ‘It may be messy, but it's sure to be a memorable experience for oenophiles and beginners alike.’
    • ‘You don't have to be a Frasier-esque oenophile to surf the site; its tone is both chatty and informative.’
    • ‘And you don't have to be a learned oenophile to enjoy your visit.’
    • ‘Any oenophile can attest to the relaxing powers of a glass of fine wine.’
    • ‘They have signature tics, or ‘tells,’ in poker parlance, which vary from one oenophile to the next.’
    • ‘Pickell was, as the Chronicle says, a ‘charming oenophile with a refined palate and flair for fund raising.’’



/ˈēnəˌfīl/ /ˈinəˌfaɪl/


Mid 19th century from Greek oinos ‘wine’+ -phile.