Definition of gherkin in English:


Syllabification: gher·kin
Pronunciation: /ˈgərkin


  • 1A small variety of cucumber, or a young green cucumber used for pickling.
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    • That was a thick baguette, holed out and stuffed with ham, cheese, gherkins, parsley, cream cheese and boiled eggs, all chopped up.
    • Serve with salad, gherkins and cold sliced cured meats and ham.
    • Fresh cucumbers and gherkins, canned vegetables, and sunflower oil, exported within the fixed quotas, are exempt from custom duties.
  • 2A trailing plant with cucumberlike fruits used for pickling.
    • Cucumis anguria, family Cucurbitaceae
  • 2.1The fresh or pickled fruit of the gherkin.


early 17th century: from Dutch augurkje, gurkje, diminutive of augurk, gurk, from Slavic, based on medieval Greek angourion 'cucumber'.

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