\ ˈbrī-nē How to pronounce briny (audio) \
brinier; briniest

Definition of briny

: of, relating to, or resembling brine or the sea : salty

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Other Words from briny

brininess noun

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Examples of briny in a Sentence

oysters with a briny flavor
Recent Examples on the Web With sweet red onion, briny Kalamata olives and salty feta, this hits all the right notes. Los Angeles Times, "The official frozen pizza power rankings," 27 Jan. 2021 Oyster sauce has this caramel-like sweetness and mildly briny saltiness that works well with just about any food. Amber Lee, Bon Appétit, "Adding Oyster Sauce to My Spaghetti Was Probably the Best Thing I’ve Ever Done," 18 Nov. 2020 Cracking open a few briny bivalves is the definition of affordable luxury. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "7 Ways with Oysters for New Year’s Eve," 30 Dec. 2020 The briny rice stuffed in sea urchins transcended matters of faith. New York Times, "Conjuring Up the World Through the Sense of Taste," 2 Jan. 2021 Water would need to be extremely briny to be a liquid at Mars’ south pole, which can reach negative 195 degrees Fahrenheit. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Briny Underground Lakes May Be All That Remain of Martian Ocean," 30 Sep. 2020 On either side of the bridges were mangrove swamps, which had a peculiar earthy/briny odor. New York Times, "Welcome to Our Museum of Smells," 18 Nov. 2020 Not just for turkey, my grandfather, Poppy, used to heap the spicy, briny goodness onto pork chops and smother it all down in gravy. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "This oyster stuffing is great for Thanksgiving — and even better the next day," 19 Nov. 2020 Douse them in lemon juice and knock them back like tiny briny shots of bliss! The Bon Appétit Staff, Bon Appétit, "19 Oyster Recipes That Rival Eating Them Raw," 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of briny

1581, in the meaning defined above

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4 Feb 2021

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“Briny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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\ ˈbrī-nē How to pronounce briny (audio) \
brinier; briniest

Kids Definition of briny

: salty a briny flavor

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