sar·​dine | \ sär-ˈdēn \
plural sardines also sardine

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

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Its compact proportions are made up for (and then some) with its killer feature: a roof that manually slides open like a can of sardines to reveal a lofted bedroom to the elements. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Tiny house tries indoor-outdoor living with sliding roof," 18 Sep. 2018 Lunch is a salad with good fats, like avocado, and a protein like sardines or stir-fried chicken. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "Dancing Through a Family’s Dark Times," 29 Sep. 2018 Catfishing is decent with anchovies, sardines, or chicken livers. sacbee, "Fishing line: Lake Tahoe is full, the Delta is dirty and several rivers close | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Apr. 2018 The predominant protein sources are poultry, pork, and seafood, with an emphasis on omega-3 filled fatty fish, like tuna, sardines, and salmon. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The Best (And Worst!) Diets of 2019, According to a Registered Dietitian," 10 Dec. 2018 Fish oil supplements are capsules containing oil derived from the tissue of fatty fish (like salmon, mackerel, or sardines), where high concentrations of EPA and DHA are found. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "Everything You Should Know Before Taking Fish Oil Supplements," 21 Aug. 2018 What about a short history of canned sardines, or tiramisu, or clear fruit brandies? Town & Country, ""Got the Snaps?"," 13 June 2015 In the Sky Bar on the third floor, an original chandelier made up of 4,000 steel sardines, created for Sciabetti by English artist Frances Bromley, swims along the ceiling. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "At the Nhow Marseille Hotel in France, Italian Furniture and Local Grit Lead the Design," 22 Oct. 2018 Armstrong and his fellow astronauts are packed in like sardines, and the sense of how incredibly dangerous this all is is overwhelming. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘First Man’: Ryan Gosling is stellar as astronaut Neil Armstrong," 8 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of sardine

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sardine

Middle English sardeine, from Anglo-French, from Latin sardina

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English Language Learners Definition of sardine

: a very small fish that is used for food and is usually packed in a can


sar·​dine | \ sär-ˈdēn \

Kids Definition of sardine

: a young or very small fish often preserved in oil and used for food

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