ˈrīnd How to pronounce rind (audio)
 dialectal  ˈrīn
: the bark of a tree
: a usually hard or tough outer layer : peel, crust
rinded adjective

Example Sentences

the rind of a watermelon the rind of a cheese
Recent Examples on the Web For blocks of cheese to cut for your charcuterie board, make sure the name Parmigiano Reggiano is dotted on the rind. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, 14 Nov. 2022 The scaly surface of the pinecone is created by gouging out the skin of the pumpkin rather than carving through the pumpkin rind. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Nov. 2022 Insert your thumbs and pull apart the sections, then bend the rind to release the seeds. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 24 Sep. 2022 Drop it in a soup, risotto or stew, and the rind melts and permeates the dish with its cheesy, umami characteristic. People Staff, Peoplemag, 24 Oct. 2022 The lighter flesh of the pumpkin will contrast with the darker color of the rind to create a pretty design that really pops. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Oct. 2022 This heirloom squash has a cream and green-striped rind. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 23 Aug. 2022 Instead, use a scraping tool to etch the tongue so that the lighter color rind shows. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Sep. 2022 The warty rind with a blue hue makes Hubbard squash instantly recognizable. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 23 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of rind was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Rind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rind. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

: the bark of a tree
also : a usually hard or tough outer layer (as the skin of a fruit)

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