\ˈrīnd, dialectal ˈrīn\

Definition of rind 

1 : the bark of a tree

2 : a usually hard or tough outer layer : peel, crust

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Other Words from rind

rinded \ˈrīn-dəd \ adjective

Examples of rind in a Sentence

the rind of a watermelon the rind of a cheese

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After 30 minutes, remove the pineapple rinds from the pot and strain out the hibiscus. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hibiscus is the flower that's good enough to drink (and eat)," 24 Apr. 2018 The rind was so thin the tangerine practically peeled itself, sending another tropical aroma into the air. Ruth Reichl, Town & Country, "These Pixie Tangerines Are the World's Most Glorious Citrus," 19 Jan. 2018 Using a sharp chef’s knife or mandoline, cut all the citrus, including the rinds, into 1/16-inch-thick slices. Country Living, "Orange-Cardamom Marmalade," 26 July 2010 The pink drink includes edible black candy seeds and is served with a big green straw that looks like a rind. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Restaurants compete to have this summer's coolest and wackiest drinks," 26 June 2018 Winter squash: When selecting winter squash (pumpkin, butternut, acorn), look for a hard rind. Jennifer Farley, charlotteobserver, "The produce aisle cheat sheet you shouldn't shop without | Charlotte Observer," 10 Apr. 2018 Sprinkle the herbs with the lemon rind and toss the mixture together with your fingers. Sally Pasley Vargas, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Lamb loin chops come off the grill rosy and juicy, ready for a gremolata garnish," 3 July 2018 Finger lime rind is too thin to peel, and, besides, the fruits are too narrow. Nan Sterman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Branching out with new crops," 31 May 2018 Soft cheeses—including Brie, Camembert, or a bloomy-rind fancier cheese like Jasper Hill’s Harbison—will last a little longer, and harder cheeses from cheddar to Gouda to Parmesan will hold up the longest. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "How Long Can Cheese Sit Out Before You Die?," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of rind

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rind

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German rinda bark, and probably to Old English rendan to rend

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English Language Learners Definition of rind

: the tough, outer skin of some fruits that is usually removed before the fruit is eaten

: a tough, outer surface of some foods (such as certain cheeses)


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Kids Definition of rind

: a tough outer layer lemon rind

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