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[ti-zan, -zahn; French tee-zan] /tɪˈzæn, -ˈzɑn; French tiˈzan/
noun, plural tisanes
[ti-zanz, -zahnz; French tee-zan] /tɪˈzænz, -ˈzɑnz; French tiˈzan/ (Show IPA)
(italics) French. aromatic or herb-flavored tea.
Obsolete. a ptisan.
Origin of tisane
Borrowed into English from French around 1930-35 Unabridged
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  • I asked for a cup of tisane and they brought me an entire pot of hot water.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • I will make thee a tisane, my darling, and thou must at once go to bed.

  • Do we not think a tisane a weak washy drink, when we are strong?

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • A tisane, yes, if only she had a tisane, but who would know how to make one?

    The Red City

    S. Weir Mitchell
  • What you should do is to get to bed at once, and have Lucie bring you a tisane when you are ready for sleep.

    The Span o' Life William McLennan
  • It sounds rhetorical to say so, but it was not quelled in peasoup or tisane.

  • The keeper, who was carrying a cup of tisane across the corridor, stopped when he saw her.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • And he offered him a cup of tisane, with the most friendly cordiality; Fouquet took it, and thanked him by a bland smile.

    The Vicomte de Bragelonne Alexandre Dumas
  • A pot of tisane was simmering on the hearth, filling the air with that peculiar odor which tells of a sickroom.

    Jack Alphonse Daudet
British Dictionary definitions for tisane


an infusion of dried or fresh leaves or flowers, as camomile
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Latin ptisana barley water; see ptisan
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Word Origin and History for tisane

1931, from French tisane; earlier ptisan (14c.), from Latin ptisana, from Greek ptisane "crushed barley," related to ptissein "to winnow" (see pestle).

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