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pickle

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noun pick·le \ ˈpi-kəl \

Definition of pickle

1 :a solution or bath for preserving or cleaning: such as
a :a brine or vinegar solution in which foods are preserved
b :any of various baths used in industrial cleaning or processing
2 :a difficult situation :plight
  • could see no way out of the pickle I was in
  • —R. L. Stevenson
3 :an article of food that has been preserved in brine or in vinegar; specifically :a cucumber that has been so preserved

Origin and Etymology of pickle

Middle English pykyl, pekill sauce, gravy, from or akin to Middle Dutch peeckel brine


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pickle

verb

Definition of pickle

pickled; pickling play \ˈpi-k(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to treat, preserve, or clean in or with a pickle
2 :to give a light finish to (something, such as furniture) by bleaching or painting and wiping

First Known Use of pickle

1526


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pickle

noun

Definition of pickle

1 Scotland :grain, kernel
2 Scotland :a small quantity

Origin and Etymology of pickle

perhaps from Scots pickle to trifle, pilfer

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


PICKLE Defined for English Language Learners

pickle

verb

Definition of pickle for English Language Learners

  • : to preserve (food) with salt water or vinegar


PICKLE Defined for Kids

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pickle

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noun pick·le \ ˈpi-kəl \

Definition of pickle for Students

1 :a piece of food and especially a cucumber that has been preserved in a solution of salt water or vinegar
2 :a mixture of salt and water or vinegar for keeping foods :brine
3 :a difficult or very unpleasant situation
  • A nice pickle they were all in now … with three angry trolls …
  • —J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

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pickle

verb

Definition of pickle for Students

pickled; pickling
:to soak or keep in a solution of salt water or vinegar


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