sardine

noun sar·dine \ sär-ˈdēn \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of sardine

plural sardines also 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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Origin and Etymology of sardine

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



SARDINE Defined for English Language Learners

sardine

noun

Definition of sardine for English Language Learners

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


SARDINE Defined for Kids

sardine

noun sar·dine \ sär-ˈdēn \

Definition of sardine for Students

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


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