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  1. water saturated or strongly impregnated with salt.
  2. a salt and water solution for pickling.
  3. the sea or ocean.
  4. the water of the sea.
  5. Chemistry. any saline solution.
verb (used with object), brined, brin·ing.
  1. to treat with or steep in brine.

Origin of brine

before 1000; Middle English; Old English brȳne; cognate with Dutch brijn
Related formsbrine·less, adjectivebrin·er, nounbrin·ish, adjectivebrin·ish·ness, nounun·brined, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for brine

vinegar, marinade, saline, blue, drink, deep, ocean, alkali, preservative

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British Dictionary definitions for brine


  1. a strong solution of salt and water, used for salting and pickling meats, etc
  2. the sea or its water
  3. chem
    1. a concentrated solution of sodium chloride in water
    2. any solution of a salt in watera potassium chloride brine
  1. (tr) to soak in or treat with brine
Derived Formsbrinish, adjective

Word Origin for brine

Old English brīne; related to Middle Dutch brīne, Old Slavonic bridŭ bitter, Sanskrit bibhrāya burnt
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Word Origin and History for brine

Old English bryne "brine," origin unknown; no known cognates beyond Dutch brijn, Flemish brijne.

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brine in Science


  1. Water saturated with or containing large amounts of a salt, especially sodium chloride. The high salt content is usually due to evaporation or freezing.
  2. The water of a sea or ocean.
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