\ˈbrīn \

Definition of brine 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : water saturated or strongly impregnated with common salt

b : a strong saline solution (as of calcium chloride)

2 : the water of a sea or salt lake


brined; brining

Definition of brine (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to treat (as by steeping) with brine

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Other Words from brine


briner noun

Synonyms for brine

Synonyms: Noun

blue, deep, Neptune, ocean, sea, seven seas

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Examples of brine in a Sentence


The chicken was soaked in brine before it was roasted. for hundreds of years people from Atlantic Canada have made their living from the brine

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Add the cornichons and their brine and continue stirring, loosening all the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Braised Chicken Legs with Shallots and Vinegar," 22 Feb. 2013 In a bowl, whisk together pepperoncini brine, honey, and mustard; stir in poppy seeds. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chicago-Style Chicken Dogs," 16 Aug. 2018 Orly’s slices up a bunch of white and yellow onions and tosses them in for a long pickle brine soak. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Orly’s BBQ," 6 July 2018 Pour the boiling pickle brine over the jalapeno rings. Stephanie Wu, Town & Country, "The Fanciest Nachos You'll Ever Eat," 1 Feb. 2014 Place cucumbers, onion, celery seeds, and mustard seeds in a bowl or 2 pint jars, dividing evenly. Pour brine over cucumber mixture and let cool. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Bread-and-Butter Pickles," 13 Aug. 2018 Green olives add brine and Moroccan saffron an enveloping musk. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "A Menu of Moroccan Tradition, and Generosity, in Brooklyn," 3 May 2018 Place a plate over the jalapenos to keep them submerged in the brine and refrigerate 4 hours to 5 days. Stephanie Wu, Town & Country, "The Fanciest Nachos You'll Ever Eat," 1 Feb. 2014 Stir in tomatoes, onion, celery, olives and brine and jalapeños. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Salad love: Creative, anything-goes approach will win your heart," 17 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Around this time of the year, the Internet is rife with guides to dry brining and wet brining your Thanksgiving turkey. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Roast a Turkey if You've Never Done It Before," 20 Nov. 2018 Never mind that her turkey-brining recipe — thick with honey, molasses and soy — is still prominently displayed on the Food Network website. Kim Severson, The Seattle Times, "The rise and fall of turkey brining — and here’s one chef’s new recipe," 20 Nov. 2018 Her dad credits her with brining him down to Earth. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Is Princess Eugenie's Bridesmaid, Theodora Williams?," 12 Oct. 2018 Nan ru is tofu that is brined and fermented with rice that has been inoculated with a deep red strain of mold. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "Mastering Chinese-Style Ribs at Home," 9 July 2018 The chicken is brined in an ice water bath with plenty of salt, pepper, sugar and granulated garlic and onion. Jenn Harris,, "Four great L.A. fried chicken restaurants to try now," 2 May 2018 While smelts are brining, heat the oil to 350º. Drain smelts and toss them in the potato starch. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "More than just a gastropub. Food at Monnik is as awesome as the beer," 10 July 2018 The meat can be injected or bagged overnight with a marinade, sauced, brined, coated with a layer of dry rub or subjected to any other sort of Frankenstein experimentation. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "Add a little more flavor to your grill with fragrant ingredients," 2 July 2018 For a thin crust: If chicken is brined, remove from brine, dredge in flour and fry. Ann Maloney,, "Fry chicken at home, or buy it at restaurants? That is the question," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of brine


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1552, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brine


Middle English, from Old English brȳne; akin to Middle Dutch brīne brine

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English Language Learners Definition of brine

: a mixture of salty water used especially to preserve or add flavor to food

: the salty water of the ocean


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Kids Definition of brine

1 : a mixture of salty water used especially to preserve or season food pickle brine

2 : the salty water of the ocean

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