Definition of spareribs in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsperribz/
(also spare ribs)

plural noun

Closely trimmed ribs of pork or sometimes beef.
Example sentences
  • Savor the steamed shrimp dumplings or pork spareribs.
  • New Yorkers discovered ‘real’ Chinese regional cuisine, but the spareribs have endured.
  • Tonight we had a great dinner, it was spareribs, mashed potatoes and shortbread for dessert.


Late 16th century: probably from Middle Low German ribbesper (by transposition of the syllables), and associated with the adjective spare.

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Syllabification: spare·ribs

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