[sak-er-in, -uh-reen, -uh-rahyn]


of the nature of or resembling that of sugar: a powdery substance with a saccharine taste.
containing or yielding sugar.
very sweet to the taste; sugary: a saccharine dessert.
cloyingly agreeable or ingratiating: a saccharine personality.
exaggeratedly sweet or sentimental: a saccharine smile; a saccharine song of undying love.

Origin of saccharine

First recorded in 1665–75; sacchar- + -ine1
Related formssac·cha·rine·ly, adverbsac·cha·rin·i·ty [sak-uh-rin-i-tee] /ˌsæk əˈrɪn ɪ ti/, nounnon·sac·cha·rine, adjective, nounnon·sac·cha·rin·i·ty, nounun·sac·cha·rine, adjective
Can be confusedsaccharin saccharine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for saccharine

cloying, sentimental, syrupy, honeyed, ingratiating, sweet, candied

Examples from the Web for saccharine

Contemporary Examples of saccharine

Historical Examples of saccharine

  • It is incontestable that spirits are produced by the saccharine substance.

    The Art of Making Whiskey

    Anthony Boucherie

  • She talked a great deal, and was saccharine to the little girl.

    The Cricket

    Marjorie Cooke

  • The saccharine fermentation, in which starch and gum are changed into sugar.

  • Luckily, he is not saccharine like the majority of writers on religious topics.


    James Huneker

  • Juice, saccharine, highly aromatic, and of a most excellent flavor.

    British Pomology

    Robert Hogg

British Dictionary definitions for saccharine



excessively sweet; sugarya saccharine smile
of, relating to, of the nature of, or containing sugar or saccharin
Derived Formssaccharinely, adverbsaccharinity (ˌsækəˈrɪnɪtɪ), noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for saccharine

1670s, "of or like sugar," from Medieval Latin saccharum "sugar," from Latin saccharon "sugar," from Greek sakkharon, from Pali sakkhara, from Sanskrit sarkara "gravel, grit" (see sugar). Metaphoric sense of "overly sweet" first recorded 1841. For the sugar substitute, see saccharin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

saccharine in Medicine


[săkər-ĭn, -ə-rēn′, -ə-rīn′]


Of, relating to, or characteristic of sugar or saccharin; sweet.
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