Definition of marc in English:



  • 1The refuse of grapes or other fruit that has been pressed for winemaking.

    ‘the spent marc can be seen in purple-black piles by the roadside’
    • ‘each press takes a marc of 4,000 kilograms’
    • ‘A recent entry sang the praises of Tomme Affinee au Marc de Raisin, a cow's milk cheese that has been aged under a thick blanket of grape marc.’
    • ‘Brandy is the umbrella term for a spirit produced from grape pomace or marc (debris left over after fermentation), or from wine or fruit.’
    • ‘There is no advantage to be gained by attempting to press the marc because all of the soluble constituents have entered into solution.’
    • ‘Some other tommes benefit from added flavours: brandy, or the spirit made from marc, or fennel, etc.’
    1. 1.1An alcoholic spirit distilled from marc.
      ‘working men sat over bowls of milky coffee and glasses of marc’
      • ‘Such a brandy is called marc in France, grappa in Italy, and bagaceira in Portugal.’
      • ‘Duties on bottled spirits produced of wine or marc will be curtailed.’
      • ‘The marcs are then aged by individual champagne houses who sell them under their own names.’
      • ‘Then there was St Felicien or tiny wild strawberries by themselves with sugar or prunes in a bath of wine and marc.’



/märk/ /mɑrk/


Early 17th century from French, from marcher in the early sense ‘to trample’.