Definition of macerate
macerationplay \ˌma-sə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
maceratorplay \ˈma-sə-ˌrā-tər\ noun
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Examples of macerate in a Sentence
garnished with cherries that had been macerated in liqueur
Recent Examples of macerate from the Web
Taste: Cranberry and a touch of blueberries, macerated fruit, jammy with a dry finish, red licorice and coffee notes.
Also neat: The gin Garcia uses is macerated with cedrón, a South American plant similar to verbena.
Leave to macerate in a cool place for a few days—the result should be a gin that has an aroma of citrus and a gentle flavor of cedrón.
Macerating unripe climacteric fruit in sugar, however, isn’t a substitute for ripening them; that just takes time in your kitchen counter’s fruit basket.
The most common method is to just limit the time the red/black skins are allowed to macerate in the juice to control color and other attributes.
Most likely, these producers allowed their wines to macerate with the tannin-rich skins of the nebbiolo grape for far longer periods than today, although some had already begun to reduce the maceration times in hopes of suppler wines.
Leaving the skins, seeds and stems to macerate with the juice, the way red wine is made, produces white wines that are no longer white and that are tannic.
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Did You Know?
Macerate is derived from the Latin verb macerare, meaning "to soften" or "to steep." That meaning was borrowed into English in 1563. However, the first English use of "macerate" refers to the wasting away of flesh especially by fasting. That use manifested itself in 1547. A few other manifestations sprouted thereafter from the word's figurative branch (e.g., Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) once wrote of "a city so macerated with expectation"); however, those extensions wilted in time. Today, the "steeping" and "soaking" senses of "macerate" saturate culinary articles (as in "macerating fruit in liquor") as well as other writings (scientific ones, for instance: "the food is macerated in the gizzard" or "the wood is macerated in the solution").
Origin and Etymology of macerate
Latin maceratus, past participle of macerare to soften, steep
First Known Use: 1547See Words from the same year
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