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

Definition of prerinse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 prerinse— Merle Henkenius bought a bag of pre-rinsed greens


variants: or pre-rinse
plural prerinses or pre-rinses

Definition of prerinse (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : 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
2 : 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

First Known Use of prerinse


1926, in the meaning defined above


1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Prerinse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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