Definition of tisane in English:



  • 1An herbal tea.

    • ‘More explanations and monologues on things French follow (including useful tips on how to snag a red croc bag from Hermes, or to sweeten one's natural juices with a pot of tisane - herbal tea - before making love).’
    • ‘Huge international tea companies sell teas, tisanes and herbals in hip, socially conscious packages.’
    • ‘Properly called tisanes, or herbal infusions, these aren't truly tea.’
    • ‘If you can support it, offer a fruity iced tisane as well, as a non-caffeinated alternative.’
    • ‘A brewed mixture made with any ingredients other than tea leaves will yield a tisane, known in America as herbal tea, which is technically not tea at all.’
    1. 1.1archaic A medicinal drink or infusion, originally one made with barley.


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.