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mar·​i·​nade ˌmer-ə-ˈnād How to pronounce marinade (audio)
: a savory usually acidic sauce in which meat, fish, or a vegetable is soaked to enrich its flavor or to tenderize it


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marinaded; marinading

Examples of marinade in a Sentence

Noun a variety of spicy marinades
Recent Examples on the Web
When ready to cook, remove the chicken from the marinade and remove as much of the excess marinade as possible. Kathy Mooreand, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 Remove the steak from the marinade and brush off any excess. Emily Weinstein, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 Lift chops from marinade with tongs, and add to hot skillet. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 28 Jan. 2024 Remove the steak from the marinade and add to the skillet, without overcrowding, in batches if necessary. Lynda Balslev, The Mercury News, 8 Jan. 2024 Try the sauce on Buffalo-style wings, in salad dressings and marinades, in a pot of beans, to add pizzazz to meatloaf, or to spice your favorite Bloody Mary recipe. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, 14 Dec. 2023 Pour marinade over chicken and vegetables to generously coat. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2023 In a 9-by-13-inch casserole, arrange the chicken in a single layer and pour in the marinade. Andrea Weigl, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Reserve remaining 1/4 of the marinade in a small container with a lid, and chill until ready to cook vegetables. Pati Jinich, Southern Living, 30 Jan. 2024
More than just as a sauce for pasta, use it to marinade chicken or seafood, spread on sandwiches or pizza dough, swirl into soups or toss with vegetables for an extra punch of flavor. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 21 July 2023 Marinate Wisely Even though brushing a marinade onto the meat won't reduce all cancer risks, marinading it for 30 minutes before grilling may still reduce some risk of carcinogens from forming, according to Karimi. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 8 June 2023 Studies show that using an acidic rub or marinade shortens grilling time and reduces carcinogens. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 27 May 2023 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 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1725, in the meaning defined above


circa 1682, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of marinade was circa 1682

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“Marinade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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1 of 2 noun
mar·​i·​nade ˌmar-ə-ˈnād How to pronounce marinade (audio)
: a sauce in which meat or fish is soaked to enrich its flavor


2 of 2 verb
marinaded; marinading
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