mar·i·nade | \ ˌmer-ə-ˈnād , ˌma-rə- \

Definition of marinade 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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


a variety of spicy marinades

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

My Chinese barbecue pork is done more classically, where the coloring comes from the smoke and fermented bean curd that is in the marinade itself. Louisa Chu,, "Eat This! Hermosa restaurant's 554 sandwich, homage to Chinatown icon," 28 June 2018 Each tongue is cooked for 10 hours after spending a day sealed in a deeply savory marinade of sake, mirin, sugar and savory aka miso. Ali Bouzari,, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 No extra oil is needed for sautéing due to oil in marinade. Claire Perez,, "Bravo's ziti chicken dish gets new name, same great taste," 15 June 2018 Place flank steak in the marinade and turn to coat. Bryn Mooth,, "Cooking with gas: Up your outdoor cooking game just in time for summer," 14 June 2018 Paradoxically, my anxious cooking in front of a crowd involved a dish that, in theory, was much simpler to make: a whole fish in marinade, grilled and served with a plain salsa. Yotam Ottolenghi, New York Times, "When Cooking Is About Ease, Not ‘Easy’," 11 May 2018 Put the chicken thighs in a bowl or plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "Dinner, improvised: Cook up a quick, delicious meal without all of the work | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 8 May 2018 Meanwhile, make marinade: Combine soy balsamic sauce, oil, honey, vinegar, salt and chili powder in a bowl and whisk until well-mixed. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Food without borders' is authentic cuisine for Chicago chef Bill Kim," 1 May 2018 The au jus seasoning is used in a marinade injected into the steaks. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Second salmonella recall of steaks in two days covers more than 484,000 pounds of meat | Miami Herald," 16 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At this year's BBQ, Holmes will marinate her fake meat in the steak marinade her carnivore husband makes. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Defense of the Vegan Hot Dog," 4 July 2018 Any leftover glaze would be delicious as a poultry, pork or seafood marinade perfect for backyard grilling. Claire Perez,, "Make your own fast-casual rice bowl," 20 Apr. 2018 Look for baby back ribs marinaded with chili paste and topped with cheese to appear on the menu soon at Little Korea. Todd A. Price,, "At New Orleans' Korean restaurants, go for the heat and the meat," 20 Feb. 2018 Remove oysters from marinading liquid and place one oyster in each shot glass. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Mezcal-cured Oyster Shooters," 17 Jan. 2018 Place prepared hearts in a bowl with ½ cup teriyaki sauce, and allow to marinade 30-60 minutes. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Offaly Good Chicken Heart Yakitori," 7 Feb. 2018 Thinly slice frozen meat, add to marinade and toss to coat. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Korean Pineapple Beef Lettuce Wraps," 22 Jan. 2018 Place steak in a large resealable plastic bag and pour in 2 cups marinade; set remaining marinade aside. Rick Martinez, Bon Appetit, "Grilled Beef with Broccoli," 19 Aug. 2017 Poke meat with a paring knife and add to marinade in dish; marinate 10 minutes. Redbook, "London Broil Is Your New Dinner Savior," 29 Jan. 2014

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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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The first known use of marinade was circa 1682

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: 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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