[ sak-er-in, -uh-reen, -uh-rahyn ]
/ ˈsæk ər ɪn, -əˌrin, -əˌraɪn /


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.

Nearby words

  1. sacchariferous,
  2. saccharify,
  3. saccharimeter,
  4. saccharimetry,
  5. saccharin,
  6. saccharize,
  7. saccharo-,
  8. saccharofarinaceous,
  9. saccharoid,
  10. saccharolactic acid

Origin of saccharine

First recorded in 1665–75; sacchar- + -ine1

Related forms
Can be confusedsaccharin saccharine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for saccharine


/ (ˈsækəˌraɪn, -ˌriːn) /


excessively sweet; sugarya saccharine smile
of, relating to, of the nature of, or containing sugar or saccharin
Derived Formssaccharinely, adverbsaccharinity (ˌsækəˈrɪnɪtɪ), noun

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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.

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Medicine definitions for saccharine


[ săkər-ĭn, -ə-rēn′, -ə-rīn′ ]


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

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