Definition of sardine
1 : any of several small or immature fishes of the herring family; especially : the European pilchard (Sardina pilchardus) especially when young and of a size suitable for preserving for food
2 : any of various small fishes (such as an anchovy) resembling the true sardines or similarly preserved for food
Recent Examples of sardine from the Web
People were packed inside, appropriately enough, like sardines.
Are a lot of your friends in Portugal right now, Instagramming beaches and sardines?
Striped bass are limited to the banks along Whiskey Slough, Inland Drive, and Eight Mile Road with anchovies or sardines.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa Fishing for catfish has been good near Verona and Knight’s Landing with chicken liver and sardines taking fish to 15 pounds.
Ideally, Clement said, the center needs donations of sardines, pogies and cigar minnows.
Specifically, the authors looked at responses to questions about how often people ate tuna, salmon, sardines and other fish prepared raw, broiled, steamed or baked.
It's been one year since those waiting five years and those waiting the full 52 packed the streets of downtown Cleveland like sardines itching to escape from a can.
Luckily, there are many inspired and beautifully executed bits: Broadway veteran Jennifer Cody slowly slipping on sardines into an acrobatic split; McNicholl pratfalling around a mop bucket.
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Origin and Etymology of sardine
Middle English sardeine, from Anglo-French, from Latin sardina
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
SARDINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sardine for English Language Learners
: a very small fish that is used for food and is usually packed in a can
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Definition of sardine for Students
: a young or very small fish often preserved in oil and used for food
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