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 Somewhat tannic on finish, but overall well balanced. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 Rich and ripe black fruit, though still somewhat tannic. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 The third whiskey is a 10-year-old single malt finished in Grand Cru Burgundy casks from Côte d’Or (94 proof), leading with more tannic oak and followed by cocoa, dark chocolate, and fresh raspberry notes. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 4 Dec. 2023 New World Pinots, on the other hand, rarely show the finesse of their French cousins but instead offer deeper, bolder, more tannic structure, even if a high alcohol level of 14.5% keep them out of balance. John Mariani, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Kayak through the tannic waters of Blackwater River State Park. Terry Ward, Travel + Leisure, 21 Feb. 2024 Though a dry selection like pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc is the classic addition here, Ms. Tulloch suggests swapping in a skin contact, or orange, wine for a bit more tannic complexity. Rebekah Peppler, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 The first is Corazón Weller 12 Añejo Tequila, aged for 26 months in Weller 12 barrels resulting in notes of dark chocolate, tannic spice, tobacco, wet leather, and a hint of banana on the palate. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 25 Jan. 2024 Dry, bready, and studded with tannic walnuts, these would make better chalkboard erasers than snacks. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 23 Jan. 2024

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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 20 Apr. 2024.

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