Meaning of tisane in English:


Pronunciation /tɪˈzan/


  • 1A herbal tea.

    ‘Elderflowers have been made into teas or tisanes in Europe and by N. American Indians, largely for medicinal use and especially as an antidote against colds.’
    • ‘On crisp spring days I often make a tisane or a rose tea, take it into the garden and wrap myself in a big warm blanket.’
    • ‘There are espressos, cappuccinos, mochaccinos, lattés, teas, tisanes and a wide assortment of more exotically flavoured coffee-based potions that would definitely put a little motion in your ocean, if you know what I mean.’
    • ‘Upon tasting the little cake dipped in a tisane, our hero experiences the shock of being swept back to his childhood, ‘an exquisite pleasure… filling me with a precious essence’.’
    • ‘To finish up, there are lots of intriguing coffee concoctions and fresh tisanes that will make you want to linger longer.’
    1. 1.1archaic A medicinal drink or infusion, originally one made with barley.
      ‘The later medieval version in France had the name tisane, was sweetened with sugar and seasoned with licorice and sometimes also figs.’
      • ‘She thought I had a fever beginning and forced me to drink one of her foul tasting tisanes.’
      • ‘I more than once encountered a mildly medicinal tisane in Chinese supermarkets.’
      • ‘Although the tisane has not proven its health benefits on heart health and cancer prevention, it is still a plant-based drink and is better than soda!’
      • ‘Our friend mint confers a great flavor to food even if you don't care to use it in tisanes for headaches, stress, or anxiety!’
      • ‘Many tisanes are based on old medicinal elixirs that are so yummy, people have forgotten their original purpose.’
      • ‘Just working in a garden can confer health benefits, and those who choose to harvest from the project will be able to enjoy a wide variety of tisanes and other herbal preparations for health.’
      • ‘Made from three species of rhododendron plants, this tisane boasts medicinal benefits for everything from chest congestion to skin ailments.’


Late Middle English (in sense ‘medicinal drink’): via Old French tisane, ptisane from Latin ptisana, from Greek ptisanē ‘peeled barley’. The word became rare until reintroduced from French in the 20th century.