ti·​sane ti-ˈzan How to pronounce tisane (audio)
: an infusion (as of dried herbs) used as a beverage or for medicinal effects

Examples of tisane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Every other Friday at 7 p.m., the store hosts the get-together, offering samples of several teas — including a caffeine-free tisane — and healthy snacks. Dallas News, 12 Oct. 2022 Salads were assembled, fish grilled, wine bottles opened, verbena leaves picked for a late-night tisane. Aleksandra Crapanzano, The Atlantic, 28 Sep. 2022 The invigorating pink tisane is delicious, with accents of anti-inflammatory nettle and a little thyme to stimulate the immune system and soothe the soul. Emma Elwick-Bates, Vogue, 31 Aug. 2022 The base of this cocktail is a tisane made with juniper berries, white peppercorns and grapefruit and orange peels. Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2021 The woody and earthy flavor brews a perfect tisane, holds its own in baking, and so much more. Dallas News, 30 Sep. 2020 The tisane base of this drink incorporates juniper and citrus, classic gin botanicals, into a warm, tealike brew. Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2020 Storage Notes: The tisane can be refrigerated for up to 1 week. Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2020 Erda teas are tisanes, herbal infusions, and not true teas, which come from the Camellia sinensis plant and contain caffeine. Sheryl Jean, Dallas News, 28 Aug. 2019

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin ptisana, from Greek ptisanē, literally, crushed barley, from ptissein to crush — more at pestle

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tisane was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tisane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tisane. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


ti·​sane ti-ˈzan How to pronounce tisane (audio) -ˈzän How to pronounce tisane (audio)
: an infusion (as of dried herbs) used as a beverage or for medicinal effects
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