\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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rinded \ˈrīn-​dəd \ adjective

Examples of rind in a Sentence

the rind of a watermelon the rind of a cheese

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And when the warm masa was stuffed with chorizo or pork, the fat drippings transformed the tortilla into something else all together — a taco shell that tasted like pork rinds. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Hidden on Capitol Hill, a Mexican street-food spot draws raves," 23 Oct. 2018 This unassuming disk delivers a strong Windex hit of ammonia, despite the fact that hiding beneath its rind is what tastes like an irresistible bacon pudding. Molly Fitzpatrick, Bon Appetit, "The Hunt for the Stinkiest Cheese, Or, How I Tested the Bonds of Friendship," 26 Apr. 2018 To create quills, frame the face by pressing toothpicks into the rind, leaving enough space for eyes. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 The mahogany-colored ham was surrounded by greens accented with twirls of dehydrated orange rind — not something found in every home kitchen, but kumquats would work just as well. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Not a peep of stress: A foolishly simple menu for an April 1 Easter," 20 Mar. 2018 Parmesan rinds, miso, and alliums like garlic and onions are all great, but herb stems belong in that pot too. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "How to Use the Herb Stems You Definitely Shouldn't Be Throwing Away," 2 Mar. 2018 Cut one quarter of the orange into very thin slices, including rind and flesh. Fox News, "Gail Simmons' Holiday Desserts," 10 Dec. 2010 Boat noodles are a specialty: Choose among rice, egg, or flat noodles in a pungent swirl of meatballs, pork rinds, bean sprouts, water spinach (known as morning glory), and beef or pork, topped with cilantro or scallions. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Quick Bite: Dakzen near Davis Square for Bangkok-style street food," 5 July 2018 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

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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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