sar·​dine | \ sär-ˈdēn How to pronounce sardine (audio) \
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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The company’s portfolio will be trimmed down to its Season brand, known for sardines that are popular with nonkosher consumers. Joseph Berger, New York Times, "‘Man, Oh Manischewitz’: Kosher Food Merger Opens New Chapter for Famous Name," 2 Aug. 2019 One shows several dozen fresh sardines that have been grilled in vine-leaf wrappers, their little heads sticking out of the green leaves. Sheryl Julian,, "A cookbook that offers Turkey’s history, agriculture, daily life, and culinary culture," 8 July 2019 Seafood: There’s an ocean full of fresh, chilled and frozen fish listed, including bass, swordfish, lobster, tilapia, tuna, sardines, caviar, crabs, crabmeat, eel, oysters, scallops, shrimp and fish sticks. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "When new, higher tariffs are scheduled to start on Chinese imports and what may cost more," 23 Aug. 2019 The scoop: Oily fish like salmon (and sardines, mackerel, and trout) are full of omega-3 fatty acids. SELF, "19 Healthy, High-Fat Foods to Keep You Full and Satisfied," 8 Aug. 2019 Share sardines, octopus, mussels, meatballs, spicy Lebanese potatoes, and other unusual mezze. Sheryl Julian,, "Lively Ilona in the South End offers small plates from Eastern Mediterranean cuisines," 1 Aug. 2019 No harm, no foul Despite their impressive size, humpback whales are filter feeders who gulp down krill and other plankton, as well as small fish like sardines, juvenile salmon, and herring. Sarah Keartes, National Geographic, "How a humpback whale ended up with a sea lion in its mouth," 30 July 2019 And while there isn’t much in the way of a waterfront restaurant scene in the city proper, the freshest seafood (like sardines prepared in a variety of ways), is widely available and worth seeking out. Wendy Ramunno, USA TODAY, "Tasting tour of Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Coffee, wine, prosciutto, cheese & more," 24 July 2019 Traffic is awful; BART is stuffed like a sardine can; bureaucrats keep telling us to ‘spare the air’ and stop driving; and p.s. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Bay Area renters’ giant game of musical chairs plays out online," 8 July 2019

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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


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Kids Definition of sardine

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

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