mar·​i·​nade | \ ˌmer-ə-ˈnād How to pronounce marinade (audio) , ˌma-rə- \

Definition of marinade

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: a savory usually acidic sauce in which meat, fish, or a vegetable is soaked to enrich its flavor or to tenderize it


marinaded; marinading

Definition of marinade (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of marinade in a Sentence

Noun a variety of spicy marinades
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This compact solution from Cuisinart chops and grinds in a 3-cup bowl that’s just big enough for mixing together a quick batch of pesto or blending a small batch of marinade. Laura Denby, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Apr. 2021 When transferring the chicken to the wire rack, allow a good amount of the marinade to cling to the pieces for deep browning and crusting., 20 Apr. 2021 After 30 minutes, the cubes should have absorbed most of the marinade. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 17 Apr. 2021 Take one steak out of the marinade and let the excess drip off. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Feb. 2021 Dip back of spoon in reserved marinade and gently press onto dry spots to lightly moisten. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 17 May 2021 León prefers to use Spanish olive oil in this marinade. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 May 2021 The abalone too is brined in Lee’s soy sauce marinade. Steph Cha, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2021 Remove the chicken from the buttermilk, letting as much marinade as possible drip back into the bag. Star Tribune, 16 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Cut the chicken into 3/8- to 3/4-inch cubes and add it to marinade. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2020 Add fish and marinade to a plastic bag or container and let marinate for 12-24 hours or for at least 1 hour. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, 5 July 2020 Add remaining lime juice to marinade and whisk in remaining oil. Beth Segal, cleveland, 23 June 2020 Combine cornstarch with a little water, add to marinade and whisk another 2 minutes. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2020 For savory applications, use it to marinade chicken, splash it into gravy for chicken fried steak, pour it in a cold cucumber soup, or sub it in for heavy cream in mashed potatoes. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 7 Jan. 2020 Before cooking the meat, her father, Fermín, marinades the arrachera, or skirt steak, in a Mexican lager. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, 30 Oct. 2019 The artist’s adult-sized gingerbread house in one of the galleries will likely generate all manner of chatter, but the poignant works of video, assemblage and drawing will be worth marinading in too. Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2019 Rub marinade all over goat leg and shoulder and let marinate for at least 6 hours but preferably overnight. 4. National Geographic, 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of marinade


1725, in the meaning defined above


circa 1682, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marinade


French, from mariner to pickle, marinate, probably from Italian marinare

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6 Jun 2021

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“Marinade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of marinade

: a sauce in which meat or fish is soaked to add flavor or to make the meat or fish more tender


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