Definition of marc in English:



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

    • ‘Some other tommes benefit from added flavours: brandy, or the spirit made from marc, or fennel, etc.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 An alcoholic spirit distilled from marc.
      • ‘Then there was St Felicien or tiny wild strawberries by themselves with sugar or prunes in a bath of wine and marc.’
      • ‘Duties on bottled spirits produced of wine or marc will be curtailed.’
      • ‘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.’


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