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

Noun a variety of spicy marinades
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Llera makes the daing or dried fish marinade with soy, garlic and calamansi and lets the fish collar sit in the sauce for a week. Jenn Harriscolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2022 Start by making the marinade and skewering the chicken the morning of your cookout. Asha Loupy, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2022 The hearts may be soaking in a variety of liquids, often an herby marinade, plain olive oil or a vinegar and water brine. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2022 The slightly sweet, slightly tangy marinade enhances without overpowering the taste of the fish. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 31 July 2022 Place the ribs side by side on the prepared baking sheet and transfer the marinade to a small saucepan. USA TODAY, 16 July 2022 Later, Levine began bottling the secret marinade and selling it over the counter at the restaurant. Bob Carlton |, al, 16 July 2022 Some marinade may get on vegetables, and that’s OK. Rita Nader Heikenfeld, The Enquirer, 15 July 2022 The marinade is blended quickly, then poured over the chicken with no other ingredients needed. Ben Mimscooking Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Add meat and marinade to a large Dutch oven or stockpot over medium-high heat, and brown on all sides. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 24 Jan. 2022 Cover and set aside at room temperature to marinade for one hour, or refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Wendy Hu, Travel + Leisure, 8 July 2021 Add the chicken to a ziplock bag and pour the Char Siu marinade over the chicken. Mei Lin, Robb Report, 6 July 2021 Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and add to marinade. Laura Rege, Good Housekeeping, 29 June 2021 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 See More

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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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17 Aug 2022

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“Marinade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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