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[ti-zan, -zahn; French tee-zan]
noun, plural ti·sanes [ti-zanz, -zahnz; French tee-zan] /tɪˈzænz, -ˈzɑnz; French tiˈzan/.
  1. (italics) French. aromatic or herb-flavored tea.
  2. Obsolete. a ptisan.
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Origin of tisane

Borrowed into English from French around 1930–35
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  • I asked for a cup of tisane and they brought me an entire pot of hot water.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for tisane


  1. an infusion of dried or fresh leaves or flowers, as camomile
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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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