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

Examples of rind in a Sentence

the rind of a watermelon the rind of a cheese
Recent Examples on the Web Watermelon can be eaten after the rind and seeds, which can cause intestinal issues, are removed. Abigail Beck, The Arizona Republic, 1 May 2024 Eat, nibble, the rind edge first, then eat the rest. Gisele Grayson, NPR, 23 May 2024 Harvesting Leave pumpkins on the vine until the skin turns the appropriate color for the variety and the rind feels hard when pressed with your thumbnail. Nadia Hassani, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 May 2024 The rind can also be blended into smoothies for an extra nutrient boost. Nick Blackmer, Verywell Health, 19 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for rind 

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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 21 Jun. 2024.

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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