Definition of pickle in English:


Syllabification: pick·le
Pronunciation: /ˈpikəl


  • 1North American A small cucumber preserved in vinegar, brine, or a similar solution.
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    • In the making of fresh-pack pickles, cucumbers are acidified quickly with vinegar.
    • By July, she'd already had time to make a batch of the pickles using cucumbers from her garden.
    • They plant and harvest onions, zucchini, pickles, cabbage, lettuce and apples, produce that gets shipped all over the country.
  • 1.1Fruit or vegetables preserved in vinegar or brine and used as a relish.
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    • Cold meat may taste better with a garnish of a pickle or other relish.
    • South Indians, I learned, love to end a meal with a custom-blended mix of rice, yogurt and pickle.
    • ‘Those are pickle flavored potato chips,’ said Tony, unable to hide the defensive undertone in his voice.
  • 1.2The liquid used to preserve food or other perishable items.
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    • In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, pickle liquid, and mustard.
    • Just slice them into decent slices, and drop them into the pickle liquid for a few seconds then bottle them.
    • Pickle liquid mixed in with the mayo can give a new twist to your time-honored potato salad.
  • 1.3An acid solution for cleaning metal objects.
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    • They will have to be cleaned in pickle and soldered to findings or drilled to make pendants, rings, or other jewelry.
    • I have a problem with copper deposit on metals cleaned in pickle.
    • Professionals use copper tongs to add and remove items from their pickle.


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  • 1Preserve (food or other perishable items) in vinegar, brine, or a similar solution: chunks of green tomatoes pickled in brine
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    • Young buds were pickled in vinegar or brine with silphium and cumin.
    • The large amount of sugar in the cooked fruit acted like the vinegar pickling brine to help preserve freshness.
    • Portuguese garlic pork is highly spiced pork pickled in garlic and vinegar.
    preserve, souse, marinate, conserve
  • 1.1Immerse (a metal object) in an acid or other chemical solution for cleaning.
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    • After a few rounds of heating and pickling in acid the silver would be brought to the surface of the coin in a thin rind, and give the coin a brilliant silvery appearance.
    • This is usually done by pickling in an inhibited acid.
    • Titanium sheet, supplied descaled and pickled, has no significant amount of surface oxide.


late Middle English (denoting a spicy sauce served with meat): from Middle Dutch and Middle Low German pekel, of unknown ultimate origin.

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