acid·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˈsi-də-tē How to pronounce acidity (audio) , a-\
plural acidities

Definition of acidity

1 : the quality, state, or degree of being acid
2 : the state of being excessively acid

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Examples of acidity in a Sentence

detected a certain acidity in the way he responded the acidity of their relationship was well known to their mutual acquaintances

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All that acidity can get in the way of sperm maintaining the right pH level for optimal function. Kasandra Brabaw, SELF, "Can You Get Pregnant From Precum?," 7 Mar. 2019 For summer sipping, look for an unoaked Chardonnay, which lends more acidity to the fragrant texture of the wine. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "Forget Rosé: These Are the Wines You Need to Be Sipping," 26 July 2018 Duna's Kola balances a black hole of malty caramel with bright flashes of acidity and powerful spices. Ali Bouzari, San Francisco Chronicle, "Housemade: The silent science behind three signature dishes at Duna," 12 Apr. 2018 Lemon and capers add a bit of acidity and salt to round out the dish. Julia Sayers,, "These 7 restaurants take cauliflower to the next level," 4 June 2017 The acidity and salinity help mask the harsh burn of the booze, kind of like limes do for tequila shots. Sherry Rujikarn, Good Housekeeping, "We're Calling It: Pickle Juice Is the Next Big Thing," 20 June 2016 The acidity of the brew often makes people vomit during the ceremony, and the drug can elevate blood pressure and heart rate. Erica Sweeney, Teen Vogue, "What Ayahuasca Is, and What You Should Know About It," 31 Aug. 2018 Others were beautifully balanced with a brisk acidity that countered the sweet, rich fruit. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "The Best Bargain in French Wines," 24 Aug. 2018 Speakers include chefs Sarah Grueneberg and Rick Bayless, and author and podcast host Michael Harlan Turkell, who is leading a master class with Fat Rice’s Adrienne Lo and Abe Conlon, on using vinegars for health and to brighten dishes with acidity. Joseph Hernandez,, "Good Food Expo, Fernet pop-up, free hot dogs and more to eat, drink, do this weekend," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of acidity

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acidity

borrowed from French & Late Latin; French acidité, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Late Latin aciditāt-, aciditās, from Latin acidus "sour, acid entry 2" + -itāt-, -itās -ity

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acid·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˈsi-də-tē How to pronounce acidity (audio) \
plural acidities

Kids Definition of acidity

: the quality, state, or degree of being acid


acid·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˈsid-ət-ē, a- How to pronounce acidity (audio) \
plural acidities

Medical Definition of acidity

1 : the quality, state, or degree of being sour or chemically acid the acidity of lemon juice
2 : the quality or state of being excessively or abnormally acid : hyperacidity

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