acid·​u·​lent ə-ˈsi-jə-lənt How to pronounce acidulent (audio)

Word History


borrowed from French acidulant, present participle of aciduler "to make acidic" (spelling in English assimilated to the suffix -ulent), back-formation from acidulé "treated with acid," borrowed from New Latin acidulātus — more at acidulate

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acidulent was in 1800

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Cite this Entry

“Acidulent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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