\ ˈrīnd How to pronounce rind (audio) , 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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rinded \ ˈrīn-​dəd How to pronounce rinded (audio) \ adjective

Examples of rind in a Sentence

the rind of a watermelon the rind of a cheese

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Peel oranges to completely remove bitter rind, and cut in half. Allegra Ben-amotz, WSJ, "This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other," 18 Dec. 2018 Sprinkle the lamb with the olive oil, lemon rind, and garlic. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Get a skillet blazing hot and you can make Middle Eastern lamb shawarma at home," 28 May 2018 His logic led my grandpa to eat pork rinds for a year. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "How low-fat dairy came to rule the US — and why that’s changing.," 20 Dec. 2018 His typical spread included barbecue, tacos, tamales, pork rinds with hot sauce, with a healthy complement of blue bell ice cream and Klondike bars. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of George P. Bush's Eulogy for His Grandfather, George H.W. Bush," 6 Dec. 2018 Salt, sugar and fat outlets dominate the fast-food landscape in South Los Angeles, where pork rinds are a little easier to find than kale chips. Steve Lopez, latimes.com, "They're sick, traumatized, malnourished and transient — what child poverty looks like in Los Angeles," 9 June 2018 The real extreme, however, may be rinds that aren’t made from pork. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Pork Rinds With an Upscale Twist," 6 Sep. 2018 Carve 2 oval eyes, then cut 2 smaller circles from leftover rind for pupils. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 Cooking it with a Parmesan rind adds an amazing depth of flavor. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The 10 Most-Pinned Fall Recipes on Pinterest," 12 Sep. 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)


\ ˈrīnd How to pronounce rind (audio) \

Kids Definition of rind

: a tough outer layer lemon rind

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