tan·​nic ˈta-nik How to pronounce tannic (audio)
: of, resembling, or derived from tan or a tannin
of wine : containing an abundance of tannins : markedly astringent

Examples of tannic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whole-cluster pressing lends a hint of tannic bitterness from the stems, and minimal time on the skins gives a lovely salmon-pink color. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2023 From lighter, crisply balanced reds to full-bodied, tannic wines, Chicago sommeliers offer suggestions for red wines that are enjoyable during hot summer weather. Kayla Samoy, Chicago Tribune, 24 Aug. 2023 This wine is a good introduction — sweet blackberry and cherry flavors wrap themselves around a tannic core. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2023 In the mouth, an attack of brisk and slightly tannic cherries, a mid palate of red licorice, and some feisty cumin and spice with a lick of mocha on the finish. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2023 This is a rich, sweet bourbon with a good deal of oak on the palate, but the flavor is not tannic or drying. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 4 Aug. 2023 Untoasted whole walnuts have a tannic edge to their nuttiness that balances chocolate’s richness while highlighting its bittersweet side. Julie Giuffrida, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2023 There are some tannic licorice notes that lead the way on the tip of your tongue, followed by orange, honey, and molasses. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 9 July 2023 Though reliable, this method can result in a more tannic flavor and involves more steps to reach the final product. Carrie Honaker, Southern Living, 8 June 2023 See More

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Word History


French tannique, from tannin

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tannic was in 1836

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“Tannic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tannic. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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