[ti-zan, -zahn; French tee-zan]

noun, plural ti·sanes [ti-zanz, -zahnz; French tee-zan] /tɪˈzænz, -ˈzɑnz; French tiˈzan/.

(italics) French. aromatic or herb-flavored tea.
Obsolete. a ptisan.

Origin of tisane

Borrowed into English from French around 1930–35
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Examples from the Web for tisane

Contemporary Examples of tisane

  • She does not drink water, only red wine from Domaine Tempier, Champagne, and a thermos of tisane before bed.

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    Alice Waters’ Favorite Vineyard

    Sophie Menin

    August 14, 2010

Historical Examples of tisane

  • 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



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

Word Origin for tisane

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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