Definition of marc in English:



mass noun
  • 1The refuse of grapes or other fruit that have been pressed for winemaking.

    ‘the spent marc can be seen in purple-black piles by the roadside’
    count noun ‘each press takes a marc of 4,000 kilograms’
    • ‘Some other tommes benefit from added flavours: brandy, or the spirit made from marc, or fennel, etc.’
    • ‘Brandy is the umbrella term for a spirit produced from grape pomace or marc (debris left over after fermentation), or from wine or fruit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is no advantage to be gained by attempting to press the marc because all of the soluble constituents have entered into solution.’
    1. 1.1 An 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.’
      • ‘The marcs are then aged by individual champagne houses who sell them under their own names.’
      • ‘Duties on bottled spirits produced of wine or marc will be curtailed.’
      • ‘Then there was St Felicien or tiny wild strawberries by themselves with sugar or prunes in a bath of wine and marc.’


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