[ spair-ribz ]
/ ˈspɛərˌrɪbz /
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noun (used with a plural verb)
a cut of meat from the rib section, especially of pork or beef, with some meat adhering to the bones.
a dish of this meat, usually baked, roasted, or barbecued with a pungent sauce.
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Origin of spareribs
1590–1600; transposed variant of earlier ribspare<Middle Low German ribbespēr rib cut; compare obsolete spare a cut, slice
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How to use spareribs in a sentence
The rain pretty much passed the party over and guests dined on macaroni and cheese, spare ribs, and chocolate bread pudding.Party Hopping Before the Oscars|The Daily Beast|March 7, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Be it mine to lay these spare-ribs athwart no gridiron more fervid than the pavement of his own monumental Escurial.
The spare-ribs are usually wholly removed from the sides, with but little meat adhering.
It was a splendid dinner—roasted spare ribs, and fish, and cakes.The Home in the Valley|Emilie F. Carln
Indeed, if so much as a drop had melted off his spare ribs, the bones would have lain bare.The Voyage Out|Virginia Woolf
Also pull out the spare ribs, leaving only one or two in the shoulders.Dishes & Beverages of the Old South|Martha McCulloch Williams