[ti-zan, -zahn; French tee-zan]
- (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
She does not drink water, only red wine from Domaine Tempier, Champagne, and a thermos of tisane before bed.Alice Waters’ Favorite Vineyard
August 14, 2010
I asked for a cup of tisane and they brought me an entire pot of hot water.L'Assommoir
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
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
- an infusion of dried or fresh leaves or flowers, as camomile
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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