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

Definition of briny

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

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 The Great Salt Lake Open Swim is an annual event attracting open swim fans from around the country who relish a chance to experience the buoyant, briny water of the Western hemisphere’s largest terminal salt water lake, right here in Utah. The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 June 2022 The water from new boreholes is insufficient, and water from the Southern Buh is briny. New York Times, 22 June 2022 The shucked fresh oysters cook on the half shell over an open fire, while a homemade butter sauce adds a savory complexity to the briny shellfish. Outside Online, 10 May 2021 After about three months’ worth of experimentation with Matunuck oysters, the team finally hit on the ideal balance of a velvety premium vodka with briny minerality. Robin Catalano, Robb Report, 15 Feb. 2022 A few hundred yards away, wild horses drink from a small, briny lake. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Apr. 2022 Aficionados love the strong smoky flavors and the briny notes of seaweed and iodine that are reminiscent of a smoldering campfire by the shore. Tony Sachs, Robb Report, 23 Oct. 2019 The flavor is less briny and is mildly reminiscent of salmon. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Mar. 2022 The creaminess of this dip holds all your toppings in place while the flavor enhances the briny heat of the pepperoncini, bright freshness of the mint and deep warmth of chile oil. Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of briny

1581, in the meaning defined above

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28 Jun 2022

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“Briny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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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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Nglish: Translation of briny for Spanish Speakers


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