Definition of pickle in English:
1North American A small cucumber preserved in vinegar, brine, or a similar solution.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
2 [in singular] informal A difficult or messy situation: I am in a pickle
More example sentences
- Please note that my relationship is not in a pickle.
- ALL ‘soap’ lovers will know that poor Jimmy and Lorraine are in a pickle over their wedding arrangements.
- Locked out of her house, and nude as can be, the woman found herself in a 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
More example sentences
- 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.
- 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.