verb (used with object), rinsed, rins·ing.


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 formsrins·a·ble, rinse·a·ble, adjectiverins·a·bil·i·ty, rinse·a·bil·i·ty, nounpre·rinse, verb (used with object), pre·rinsed, pre·rins·ing.pre·rinse, nounun·rinsed, adjective
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verb (tr)

to remove soap from (clothes, etc) by applying clean water in the final stage in washing
to wash lightly, esp without using soapto 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 ita blue rinse
Derived Formsrinsable or rinsible, adjectiverinsability or rinsibility, nounrinser, noun

Word Origin for rinse

C14: from Old French rincer, from Latin recens fresh, new
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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.

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