- a red grape used in making a number of Bordeaux wines
- a dark, dry red wine made from this grape, esp. in California
Origin of merlotFrench
- A variety of grape originally grown in the Bordeaux region of France that is used to make red wine.
- A dry red wine made from this grape.
Origin of MerlotFrench young blackbird, Merlot diminutive of merle blackbird (probably from the color of the grape) from Old French; see merle 1.
(usually uncountable, plural merlots)