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pickle

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noun pick·le \ˈpi-kəl\

Definition of pickle

  1. 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. 2 :  a difficult situation :  plight <could see no way out of the pickle I was in — R. L. Stevenson>

  3. 3 :  an article of food that has been preserved in brine or in vinegar; specifically :  a cucumber that has been so preserved



Origin of pickle

Middle English pykyl, pekill sauce, gravy, from or akin to Middle Dutch peeckel brine


First Known Use: 15th century


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pickle

verb pick·le

Simple Definition of pickle

  • : to preserve (food) with salt water or vinegar

Full Definition of pickle

pick·ledpick·ling play \-k(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to treat, preserve, or clean in or with a pickle

  3. 2 :  to give a light finish to (as furniture) by bleaching or painting and wiping

1570

First Known Use of pickle

1570


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pickle

noun pick·le

Definition of pickle

  1. 1 Scottish :  grain, kernel

  2. 2 Scottish :  a small quantity



Origin of pickle

perhaps from Scots pickle to trifle, pilfer


First Known Use: 1552

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PICKLE Defined for Kids

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pickle

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noun pick·le \ˈpi-kəl\

Definition of pickle

  1. 1 :  a piece of food and especially a cucumber that has been preserved in a solution of salt water or vinegar

  2. 2 :  a mixture of salt and water or vinegar for keeping foods :  brine

  3. 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>




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pickle

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verb pick·le

Definition of pickle

pick·ledpick·ling

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





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