from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Very dry. Used of champagne.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. very dry; -- used of wine or champagne.
  • n. See birt.
  • intransitive v. To browse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To browse.
  • Raw; rough; rude; as applied to wines, dry; not sweet.
  • n. A rough diamond or other gem. Roughing out a gem is often called bruting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of champagne) extremely dry


French, from Old French, rough, from Latin brūtus, heavy; see gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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