Definition of gherkin
1a : a small prickly fruit used for pickling; also : a pickle made from this fruitb : the slender annual vine (Cucumis anguria) of the gourd family that bears gherkins
2 : the immature fruit of the cucumber especially when used for pickling
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It was salad with cheese and meat that was topped with slivers of gherkins.
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Origin and Etymology of gherkin
Dutch gurken, plural of gurk cucumber, ultimately from Middle Greek agouros
First Known Use: 1661See Words from the same year
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Definition of gherkin for English Language Learners
: a small cucumber that is used to make pickles
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