\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, 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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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 Pickled onions will keep in their brine, refrigerated in an airtight container, up to 3 months. Jonah Miller, WSJ, "Throw a Summer Party the Effortless Spanish Way," 6 July 2018 Behind Sinnok were the wooden tanks where hides sit and brine for days at a time. Zach Hughes,, "Tanning seal hides on the edge of the world: A foothold in the global economy in rural Alaska," 2 May 2018 For the Pork Chops: Rinse pork chops and place in brine in a 1-gallon plastic bag. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: The Leftovers’ Award-Winning Pork Chops," 6 June 2018 Here are the top 10 recipe searches from the United States in order, starting with No. 1: beef stroganoff, apple crisp, corn casserole, turkey brine, zucchini, chicken Parmesan, pork chops, hard boiled egg, yams, hashbrown casserole. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Turkish recipes a popular search topic," 10 Jan. 2018 The Eagle All-natural, hormone-free chicken from Amish farms in Ohio is marinated in a lemony, herby brine before hitting a peppery, not-too-heavy breading that won't scar the roof of your mouth. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Here are all the new fried chicken restaurants in Indianapolis," 6 July 2018 Add salmon and let sit in brine in refrigerator 6 hours. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 meats to master on the grill: We went back to school to learn the best techniques," 29 May 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Just imagine: an encased farce of brined and smoked brisket dragged through the garden of the orthodox Chicago condiments. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "At 3 Squares Diner there’s a dog that won’t bark," 12 July 2018 The ribs are brined for 24 hours in a sweet tea mixture before being slow-smoked for three hours over Florida oak and cherry wood. Lauren Delgado,, "Sonny's BBQ celebrating 50th anniversary with 24K gold ribs," 2 July 2018 Ancient Romans ate a kind of ur-salad, the word derived from the Latin for salt, with which lettuces were brined. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "The Golden Age of Crudités," 8 Feb. 2018 The pimentos are slightly brined with extra cayenne for a little extra punch. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Did Krystal Just out Southern Itself with Its Newest Menu Addition?," 22 June 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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