- the pilchard, Sardina pilchardus, often preserved in oil and used for food.
- any of various similar, closely related fishes of the herring family Clupeidae.
Origin of sardine1
Origin of sardine2
Examples from the Web for sardine
JR: Oh well, Gwyneth Paltrow, my little Gwennie-Wennie, and her two children, what is it…Apple and Sardine?Joan Rivers: Our Last Interview
September 4, 2014
I tell ye, he's no sardine; you kin see that without my tellin' ye.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Finally the call of my name made me jump as a sardine does when pursued by a big fish.My Double Life
If that isn't enough to make a man feel as small as a sardine!The Eternal City
And they were as good to eat as a sardine and better than a mullet.Tales of Fishes
Where are the sardine sloops that ought to have sailed from Algiers?The Maids of Paradise
Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
- any of various small marine food fishes of the herring family, esp a young pilchardSee also sild
- like sardines very closely crowded together
- another name for sard
Word Origin and History for sardine
early 15c., from Latin sardina, from Greek sardine, sardinos, often said to be from Sardo "Sardinia" (see Sardinia), the Mediterranean island, near which the fish probably were caught and from which they were exported. But cf. Klein: "It is hardly probable that the Greeks would have obtained fish from so far as Sardinia at a time relatively so early as that of Aristotle, from whom Athenaios quotes a passage in which the fish sardinos is mentioned." Colloquial phrase packed like sardines (in a tin) is recorded from 1911.