Definition of marinade in English:


Syllabification: mar·i·nade
Pronunciation: /ˌmarəˈnād


  • 1A sauce, typically made of oil, vinegar, spices, and herbs, in which meat, fish, or other food is soaked before cooking in order to flavor or soften it.
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    • Wine marinades help meat, fish, and game keep a short time in hot weather.
    • From Cumberland sausage, meat and fish marinades, home baking, beer and much more, there will be something to make every mouth water from 9am - 3pm.
    • The marinade for the grilled meat and seafood is delectable and ingredients are a well-kept secret, as we were unable to get it from the staff.
  • 1.1 [with modifier] A dish prepared using a marinade: a chicken marinade
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    • We looked in at the Broil-Q booth, and got some nice Teriyaki marinade.


Pronunciation: /also ˈmarəˌnād
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  • another term for marinate.
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    • The Scottish sirloin is marinaded in orange, lime, oregano and chillies and then pan-fried.
    • I once barbecued a whole fillet of beef marinaded in a bottle of Jack Daniel's and enclosed in tinfoil.
    • We also learn why vacuum packing gives meat a nasty metallic tang - it cannot breathe but ends up marinading in oxidised blood.


late 17th century (as a verb): from French, from Spanish marinada, via marinar 'pickle in brine' from marino (see marina).

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