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Syllabification: sar·dine
Pronunciation: /särˈdēn
 
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noun

A young pilchard or other young or small herringlike fish.
Example sentences
  • Fish high in EPA and DHA include salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring, anchovies, rainbow trout, bluefish and white albacore tuna canned in water.
  • Salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards and fresh tuna are the best source of Omega 3 which is rich in Eicosapentaenoic acid.
  • Salmon, tuna, swordfish, mackerel, sardines, anchovies pompano, bluefish - they're forgiving in the kitchen and big enough to take on some bigger beers.

verb

[with object] informal Back to top  
Pack closely together.
Example sentences
  • Without the usual record business hangers-on to chatter over the music, it was an intense experience being sardined with 200 earnest fans all trying to digest and memorise 90 minutes of new music.
  • Though I'm sardined with card-carrying IFSA members, they're not much different.
  • Fast forward to Scarlett O'Hara clutching the bedpost as she was sardined into her stays.

Origin

late Middle English: from French, or from Latin sardina, from sarda, from Greek, probably from Sardō 'Sardinia'.

Phrases

packed like sardines

1
Crowded very close together, as sardines are in cans.
Example sentences
  • News photographers, packed like sardines and hanging precariously in open top jeeps, riding ahead of the VVIP and trying to get a closer view of the person (read exclusive view), is a common sight.
  • Passengers are also being left at platforms or forced to stand, and packed like sardines because trains are not long enough, according to the rail group of Transport 2000's West Yorkshire branch which sent the letter.
  • They were brought in trucks, packed like sardines, without food and water to the city where dealers carried them upside down, squawking in anguish, to their shops to be slaughtered in front of other birds.

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sardine2

Syllabification: sar·dine
Pronunciation: /särˈdēn
 
/

noun

Another term for sardius.
Example sentences
  • The Sardine stone represented Benjamin, the youngest of the twelve sons of Jacob.

Origin

late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek sardinos, variant of sardios (see sardius).

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