\ 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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But there is evidence of these kind of underground brine lakes, including at the South Pole of Mars. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Mars May Have Enough Oxygen to Sustain Subsurface Life," 22 Oct. 2018 Left over pickled jalapenos can be kept submerged in the brine, in the refrigerator, for 5-7 days. Stephanie Wu, Town & Country, "The Fanciest Nachos You'll Ever Eat," 1 Feb. 2014 Add 3 quarts water and the rest of the ingredients, and place the pork in the brine. 2. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Rack of Pork with Baked Fava Beans," 11 Oct. 2012 The Rest: Some of us flipped for the brine straight from the jar of McClure's Garlic & Dill Spears, although the intense sourness made someone's (read: my) nose hairs curl a bit. Sherry Rujikarn, Good Housekeeping, "We're Calling It: Pickle Juice Is the Next Big Thing," 20 June 2016 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

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Other food editors quickly jumped on board, and Thanksgiving brining recipes flourished through the early 2000s, when Cook’s Illustrated issued a definitive endorsement of the method. Kim Severson, The Seattle Times, "The rise and fall of turkey brining — and here’s one chef’s new recipe," 20 Nov. 2018 While not technically challenging, brining does tack on significant time, as the turkey must be submerged in a mixture of salt, water, and herbs for several hours. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Will Meghan Markle Celebrate Thanksgiving, Now That She's a Royal?," 20 Nov. 2018 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

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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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The first known use of brine was before the 12th century

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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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