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1pickle

noun pick·le \ˈpi-kəl\

Definition of PICKLE

1
:  a solution or bath for preserving or cleaning: as
a :  a brine or vinegar solution in which foods are preserved
b :  any of various baths used in industrial cleaning or processing
2
:  a difficult situation :  plight <could see no way out of the pickle I was in — R. L. Stevenson>
3
:  an article of food that has been preserved in brine or in vinegar; specifically :  a cucumber that has been so preserved
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Origin of PICKLE

Middle English pykyl, pekill sauce, gravy, from or akin to Middle Dutch peeckel brine
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

2pickle

verb

: to preserve (food) with salt water or vinegar

pick·ledpick·ling \-k(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of PICKLE

transitive verb
1
:  to treat, preserve, or clean in or with a pickle
2
:  to give a light finish to (as furniture) by bleaching or painting and wiping

First Known Use of PICKLE

1570

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

Rhymes with PICKLE

3pickle

noun

Definition of PICKLE

1
Scottish :  grain, kernel
2
Scottish :  a small quantity

Origin of PICKLE

perhaps from Scots pickle to trifle, pilfer
First Known Use: 1552

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall
PICKLE Defined for Kids

1pickle

noun pick·le \ˈpi-kəl\

Definition of PICKLE for Kids

1
:  a piece of food and especially a cucumber that has been preserved in a solution of salt water or vinegar
2
:  a mixture of salt and water or vinegar for keeping foods :  brine
3
:  a difficult or very unpleasant situation <A nice pickle they were all in now … with three angry trolls … — J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit>

2pickle

verb
pick·ledpick·ling

Definition of PICKLE for Kids

:  to soak or keep in a solution of salt water or vinegar
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