as·​trin·​gen·​cy ə-ˈstrin-jən(t)-sē How to pronounce astringency (audio)
: the quality or state of being astringent

Examples of astringency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But right now at Fat & Flour frozen rhubarb basks in a solo moment, flavored with tangerine juice and vanilla bean paste to give its astringency brightness and warmth. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2024 The cheese is mild, void of that harsh astringency sometimes present in other blues. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 29 Jan. 2024 The green sauce on the toast is an entire verdant meadow of unexpected herbs like marjoram, a shivery punch of anchovy and capers, the peppery astringency of exquisite olive oil. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 26 Nov. 2023 Fennel, Persimmon Pomegranate Salad An orange vinaigrette balances out the astringency of radicchio and subtle anise flavor of fennel in this fall salad. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2023 Though loosely in the vein of early Woody Allen, or mid Noah Baumbach, the writing here has none of their astringency. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 28 Sep. 2023 Some lean more amber or golden or yam-colored in their final appearance; some lightly sting the taste buds with astringency while others melt with fudgy sweetness. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2023 Official tasting notes describe some astringency on the palate, with complex, dry fruit notes and just a touch of sweetness. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 17 Mar. 2023 The flavor was much more pronounced (bright red fruit) after decanting the wine and very little astringency was detected. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 11 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of astringency was in 1601

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“Astringency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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as·​trin·​gen·​cy ə-ˈstrin-jən-sē How to pronounce astringency (audio)
: the quality or state of being astringent

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