[ rahynd ]
/ raɪnd /


a thick and firm outer coat or covering, as of certain fruits, cheeses, and meats: watermelon rind; orange rind; bacon rind.
the bark of a tree.

Nearby words

  1. rimula,
  2. rimy,
  3. rin,
  4. rina,
  5. rinceau,
  6. rinderpest,
  7. rinehart,
  8. rinehart, mary roberts,
  9. rinforzando,
  10. ring

Origin of rind

before 900; Middle English, Old English rind(e) tree bark, crust; cognate with German Rinde

Related formsrind·less, adjectiverind·y, adjective



or rynd

[ rahynd, rind ]
/ raɪnd, rɪnd /


a piece of iron running across an upper millstone as a support.

Origin of rind

1300–50; Middle English rynd; cognate with Middle Dutch rijn, Middle Low German rīn

Also called millrind.

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British Dictionary definitions for rind


/ (raɪnd) /


a hard outer layer or skin on bacon, cheese, etc
the outer layer of a fruit or of the spore-producing body of certain fungi
the outer layer of the bark of a tree

Word Origin for rind

Old English rinde; Old High German rinta, German Rinde

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Word Origin and History for rind



Old English rinde "bark, crust," later "peel of a fruit or vegetable" (c.1400), from Proto-Germanic *rind- (cf. Old Saxon rinda, Middle Dutch and Dutch rinde "bark of a tree," Old High German rinda, German Rinde), probably related to Old English rendan (see rend (v.)).

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