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pre·​rinse ˌprē-ˈrin(t)s How to pronounce prerinse (audio)
variants or pre-rinse
prerinsed or pre-rinsed; prerinsing or pre-rinsing

transitive + intransitive

: to rinse (something) in preparation for further cleaning or treatment
prerinse a stained blouse
If you run water over quinoa that hasn't been prerinsed you will see a soapy residue washing off.Cheryl Forberg
… a dishwasher that will clean all but the most caked-on, dried-on foods, without having to prerinseMerle Henkenius
bought a bag of pre-rinsed greens


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variants or pre-rinse
plural prerinses or pre-rinses
: an act or instance of prerinsing something
… shoes have a tendency to rot if you just leave the mud on them until the next time. If possible, therefore, give everything a prerinse, outdoors.Richard Askwith
To reap the full benefits, skip the pre-rinse and fill your machine to capacity.Kimberly A. Daly
: a liquid used to prerinse something
… reuse of the detergent-rinse water mixture as a prerinse for the subsequent cleaning cycle.Norman Marriott
teeth whiteners with an acidic prerinse

Word History

First Known Use


1926, in the meaning defined above


1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of prerinse was in 1924

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Cite this Entry

“Prerinse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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