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[rins] /rɪns/
verb (used with object), rinsed, rinsing.
to wash lightly, as by pouring water into or over or by dipping in water:
to rinse a cup.
to douse or drench in clean water as a final stage in washing.
to remove (soap, dirt, etc.) by such a process (often followed by off).
to use a rinse on (the hair).
an act or instance of rinsing.
the water used for rinsing.
any preparation that may be used on the hair after washing, especially to tint or condition the hair.
an act or instance of using such a preparation on the hair.
Origin of rinse
1300-50; Middle English ryncen < Middle French rincer, Old French recincier < Vulgar Latin *recentiāre to make new, refresh, equivalent to Latin recent- (stem of recēns) fresh, recent + connective -i- + -āre infinitive suffix
Related forms
rinsable, rinseable, adjective
rinsability, rinseability, noun
prerinse, verb (used with object), prerinsed, prerinsing.
prerinse, noun
unrinsed, adjective Unabridged
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  • Enter feathers and let remain in about half a minute; after which rinse off in cold water, and starch and dry.

  • Put the salt back, rinse out the sugarbowl, and refill it with sugar.

    Jerry's Charge Account Hazel Hutchins Wilson
  • rinse and put to draining everything that can be rinsed; then it will be ready for use instead of rusting in the sink.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • He managed to run a comb through his hair and rinse out his mouth.

    The Circuit Riders R. C. FitzPatrick
  • rinse a loaf-shaped pan with cold water, and then pour in the mince.

    Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book Mary A. Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for rinse


verb (transitive)
to remove soap from (clothes, etc) by applying clean water in the final stage in washing
to wash lightly, esp without using soap: to rinse one's hands
to give a light tint to (hair)
the act or an instance of rinsing
(hairdressing) a liquid preparation put on the hair when wet to give a tint to it: a blue rinse
Derived Forms
rinsable, rinsible, adjective
rinsability, rinsibility, noun
rinser, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French rincer, from Latin recens fresh, new
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rinse

c.1300 "subject to light washing; wash with water only" (mid-13c. in surname Rinsfet), from Old French reincier (transitive) "to wash, cleanse" (12c., Modern French rincer), probably dissimilated from recincier, from Vulgar Latin *recentiare "to make fresh, to wash, cleanse with water," from Late Latin recentare "to make fresh," from Latin recens "new, fresh" (see recent). OED says similarity in form and sense with Old Norse hreinsa is "prob[ably] accidental." Meaning "wash a second time to remove remaining impurities, soap, etc." is from 1520s. Related: Rinsed; rinsing.


1837, from rinse (v.). As a hair treatment, by 1928.


1837, from rinse (v.). As a hair treatment, by 1928.

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