\ 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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Other Words from rind

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

Examples of rind in a Sentence

the rind of a watermelon the rind of a cheese
Recent Examples on the Web Or, switch out the mushrooms for other seasonal vegetables; add a rind of Parmesan or some tapenade to flavor and thicken the broth. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Aug. 2021 The juice is good, but the zest — scraped or cut from the rind of fruits such as lemons, limes or orange — captures the oils in the skin delivering more intense flavor. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 All-purpose flour and yellow cornmeal (preferably stoneground) are mixed with melted butter, buttermilk, an egg and extra yolk, and the rind of two lemons. BostonGlobe.com, 11 May 2021 Yes, but: apples (no seeds), lemons (may not like taste), oranges (high in sugar), peaches (no pit), watermelon (no rind). Washington Post, 14 Aug. 2021 If desired, add in a leftover bit of Parmesan rind or other preferred flavorings. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Aug. 2021 Look for ripe peach and apple flavors with a hint of lemon rind and a rich mouthfeel, and taste a little history. Washington Post, 30 July 2021 Mix 1 1/4 cups cake flour, 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon grated orange rind in a large bowl. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 Aug. 2021 Almost everything is spicy, but there are pockets of relief: a cool watermelon salad, with both fresh cubes and pickled rind, in a yuzu-honey vinaigrette; silky white grits with mascarpone and provolone. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 16 July 2021

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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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“Rind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rind. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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