as·​trin·​gen·​cy | \ ə-ˈstrin-jən(t)-sē How to pronounce astringency (audio) \

Definition of astringency

: the quality or state of being astringent

Examples of astringency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Richer, more succulent dishes benefit from pairing with tannic wines, as the tannins cut through that richness and their astringency leaves our palates refreshed and ready for the next bite. Washington Post, 16 July 2021 Light, elegant, flowery, good freshness, pears, apples, a bit perfumed, a touch of astringency in the end. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 25 June 2021 The immediate reaction to this chili salt (which also contains lime oil) was a painful astringency on the palate. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 16 June 2021 With astringency—a pen dipped in venom—her novels catalog the endless slights of social life, the petty warfare over status. Charlie Tyson, The Atlantic, 13 May 2021 All of Madson’s red wines are fermented entirely whole-cluster, a winemaking technique in which the grapes are left to soak with their stems, which can imbue the resulting wine with an extra astringency and woodsy flavors. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Mar. 2021 There's a strong rye presence without the typical rye astringency. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 18 Mar. 2021 In my recipe: onions loses their astringency, and become sweet. Katie Chang, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 That’s thanks in no small part to technology—the ability, for instance, to remove all the stems from the fruit during processing, something that wasn’t possible 20 or 30 years ago and led to early astringency. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 1 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of astringency

1601, in the meaning defined above

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“Astringency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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