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demi-sec Syllabification: dem·i-sec
Pronunciation: /ˈdemēˌsek/

Definition of demi-sec in English:


(Of wine) medium dry.
Example sentences
  • Wines may be sold as demi-sec, moelleux, and, sweetest of all, liquoreux.
  • Your tastebuds are actually at their most sensitive in the morning (which is why most tastings take place then) so unless you really prefer extremely dry wines, choose a demi-sec style.
  • All Champagnes are made in a range of styles, from extremely dry to ultra-sweet: extra brut (less than 6g of residual sugar), brut, extra dry, sec, demi-sec, rich or doux.


Mid 20th century: French, literally 'half-dry'.

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