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
Oatmeal, flaxseeds, eggs, sardines, broccoli, spinach, yogurt, cottage cheese, fresh fruit, whole grain toast and fresh fruit juices will leave you feeling satisfied and cheerful.
That said, miniscule capers, tiny sardines, lame duck, and a blindingly white farmer’s cheese can be found in abundance.
These thick clouds of algae release a toxin called domoic acid, which accumulates in small fish like sardines and anchovies and then moves up the marine food chain.
Leafy greens like kale are the best source of calcium, but sardines, broccoli and high-quality yogurt or kefir are good options.
Cut sardines and pile worms are working well from shore, while boaters are fishing jumbo minnows and trolling deep-diving plugs.
Must-see creatures They might be packed like sardines out on the concert floor, but inside the aquarium, there is room to mingle with the marine life.
The food leans toward Spain: There's a pig in a vise (okay, a jamón serrano) crowning the bar; fat sardines are served in the tin; the olives are meaty and green.
The aquarium occupies the site of an old sardine cannery at the edge of Monterey Bay, one of the most fertile and diverse marine environments on earth.
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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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