tan·​nin | \ ˈta-nən How to pronounce tannin (audio) \

Definition of tannin

1 : any of various soluble astringent complex phenolic substances of plant origin used especially in tanning leather and dyeing textiles, manufacturing ink, clarifying wine and beer, and in medicine
2 : a substance that has a tanning effect

Examples of tannin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fruit, wood, vanilla and tannin of the whiskey are buttressed by notes of sweet and syrupy candied fruit, vanilla, fig, orange and a hint of spice. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 8 Mar. 2022 There’s impeccable balance here, juicy acidity, fine tannin structure and a long, satisfying finish. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 14 Mar. 2022 Velvety and dense, the palate unfolds with layers of sour plum and cherry and hints of cinnamon over a vein of minerality, with impressive structure—a balance of acidity and tannin—carrying a long finish. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 17 Jan. 2022 The 2016 weighs in with a little more tannin structure; exotic spice and sour cherry are underlined by a vein of minerality, ending with compelling textures and length. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 31 Jan. 2022 The palate shows concentration, a fresh acidity, tannin structure with a little softness in the finish. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 The juice of the grapes is macerated with the skins, which provide a tinge of color and a mild rasp of tannin. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2022 Hence, it was left to the wine to make a statement telling the winery’s story through acid, fruit, tannin and structure. Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Most everyday wines lack the proper tannin, acidity, sugar and alcohol levels to develop secondary and tertiary flavors while in the bottle. Anthony Zhang, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of tannin

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tannin

French, from tanner to tan

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8 Apr 2022

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tan·​nin | \ ˈta-nən How to pronounce tannin (audio) \

Kids Definition of tannin

: a substance often made from oak bark or sumac and used in tanning animal hides, dyeing fabric and yarn, and making ink


tan·​nin | \ ˈtan-ən How to pronounce tannin (audio) \

Medical Definition of tannin

1 : any of various soluble astringent complex phenolic substances of plant origin used in tanning, dyeing, the making of ink, and in medicine as astringents and formerly in the treatment of burns
2 : a substance that has a tanning effect

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