plural -s
obsolete : the act or process of refining a metal
: the act or process of aging cheese
Affinage does for cheeses what great coaching does for athletes.Ari Weinzweig, Zingerman's Guide to Good Eating, 2003

Word History


French, from affiner to refine + -age

First Known Use

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of affinage was circa 1656

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“Affinage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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