plural noun
spare·​ribs | \ ˈsper-ˌ(r)ibz How to pronounce spareribs (audio) , -əbz \

Definition of spareribs

: a cut of pork ribs separated from the bacon strip

Examples of spareribs in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or try the upscale MW Restaurant for a plate of sweet and sour Mt. View Farms spareribs or the grilled hamachi kama. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, "I Traveled to Hawaii During the Coronavirus Pandemic — Here's What It Was Like," 28 Oct. 2020 In dim sum restaurants small chunks of pork spareribs are steamed with black beans. Clarissa Wei, Bon Appétit, "Umami, Salty, and Rich, Douchi Does It All," 19 Oct. 2020 Bring the family and your appetite for tri-tip, chicken, pulled pork and spareribs, complemented by the full salad bar, juice bar, deli sandwiches, local craft beer and kombucha on tap. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Encinitas offers accounting workshop for business owners," 19 Sep. 2019 Compared to spareribs, St. Louis-style ribs are uniform in shape (a beautiful rectangle!) and a little easier to work with. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "How to Buy the Right Kind of Pork Ribs," 21 Aug. 2019 Also, Santa Maria-style barbecue including tri-tip, chicken, pulled pork and spareribs will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays on the patio. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County Business Briefs, Aug. 8," 8 Aug. 2019 The Salt Lick has a vast menu, especially for a barbecue joint, but is known for beef, both in the form of the Lone Star State’s signature dish, brisket, and the much less common giant beef spareribs. Julia Thompson, USA TODAY, "Cooking over open flame: These are some of our favorite restaurants that use fire," 27 June 2019 Put the spareribs, meaty side up, on a cutting board. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Ribs 101: Pitmasters offer advice on cooking ribs," 1 July 2018 Pork spareribs are huge and perfectly cooked, and the smoked turkey is always a great choice. Houston Chronicle, "Houston's favorite barbecue joints," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of spareribs

1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spareribs

by folk etymology from Low German ribbesper pickled pork ribs roasted on a spit, from Middle Low German, from ribbe rib + sper spear, spit

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The first known use of spareribs was in 1596

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5 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Spareribs.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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noun plural
spare·​ribs | \ ˈsper-ˌribz How to pronounce spareribs (audio) \

Kids Definition of spareribs

: a cut of pork ribs

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