Definition of saccharine in English:


Line breaks: sac¦char|ine
Pronunciation: /ˈsakərʌɪn
, -ɪn, -iːn/


  • another term for saccharin.
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    • In 1926 the artificial sweetener saccharine was popularized.
    • Until recently we resorted to artificial sweeteners such as saccharine or aspartame, but never felt good about it.
    • In Japan, Korea, and China, it is used extensively in lieu of saccharine and aspartame.


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  • 2 dated Relating to or containing sugar; sugary.
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    • Just as remarkable is the gingery, tart-sweet plum sauce (usually a saccharine affair) served with Republic Square's miniature fried egg rolls.
    • Rosanna had always smelled of roses and saccharine peppermint.
    • Diet Coke's path to glory was paved by the long-forgotten Tab, whose bitter, saccharine flavor first hit the market in 1963, and can be considered the gateway drug to diet colas.


late 17th century: from modern Latin saccharum + -ine1.

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