Definition of astringent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈstrɪndʒənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈstrɪndʒənt//
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  1. 1(specialist) (of a liquid or cream) able to make the skin feel less oily or to stop the loss of blood from a cut an astringent lotion to have an astringent effect
  2. 2(formal) critical in a severe or clever way astringent writers/comments
  3. 3(formal) (of a taste or smell) slightly bitter but fresh the astringent taste of lemon juice
  4. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French, from Latin astringent- ‘pulling tight’, from the verb astringere, from ad- ‘towards’ + stringere ‘bind, pull tight’.
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