sac·​cha·​rine | \ ˈsa-k(ə-)rən How to pronounce saccharine (audio) , -kə-ˌrēn, -kə-ˌrīn \

Definition of saccharine

1a : of, relating to, or resembling that of sugar saccharine taste
b : yielding or containing sugar saccharine vegetables
2 : overly or sickishly sweet saccharine flavor
3 : ingratiatingly or affectedly agreeable or friendly
4 : overly sentimental : mawkish a saccharine love story

Other Words from saccharine

saccharinity \ ˌsa-​kə-​ˈri-​nə-​tē How to pronounce saccharine (audio) \ noun

Examples of saccharine in a Sentence

the movie was funny, but it had a saccharine ending in which everyone lives happily ever after
Recent Examples on the Web If these mattresses were available half off all year round, the sweetness of the deal would soon turn unpleasantly saccharine. Mary Gulino, The New Yorker, 29 Apr. 2022 The saccharine, unpretentious charm of supermarket sheet cake and box mix Betty Crocker confections is known to all, so a spritz of Marissa Zappas’ irreverent Annabel’s Birthday Cake taps into your scent memories. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 19 Apr. 2022 If employing a sweeter-leaning tonic, keep the drink from becoming saccharine by swapping some of the tonic with seltzer or club soda. Rebekah Peppler, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2022 And trust, not all appear saccharine, but many indeed skew bold for tastes preferring vibrance over whimsy. Laura Lajiness Kaupke, Vogue, 20 Mar. 2022 Taken by itself, Kat's (Julia Stiles) poem about Patrick (Heath Ledger) is almost saccharine, an edge some rom-com speeches teeter. CNN, 14 Feb. 2022 In their first collaboration, Megan Thee Stallion and Dua Lipa put a saccharine spin on Miami bass that can supercharge weary winter feet for a jubilant spring. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 11 Mar. 2022 Yet each episode's most saccharine, kid-friendly content never veers into fingers-on-chalkboard territory. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 20 Jan. 2022 Also joining Rudd and Mooney for the saccharine music video were Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Heidi Gardner and Alex Moffat. Ilana Kaplan, Rolling Stone, 19 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of saccharine

circa 1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for saccharine

Latin saccharum

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2 May 2022

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“Saccharine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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sac·​cha·​rine | \ ˈsak-(ə-)rən also -ə-ˌrēn or -ə-ˌrīn \

Medical Definition of saccharine

1a : of, relating to, or resembling that of sugar saccharine taste
b : yielding or containing sugar a saccharine fluid
2 : overly or sickeningly sweet saccharine flavor

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