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[n. mar-uh-neyd; v. mar-uh-neyd] /n. ˌmær əˈneɪd; v. ˈmær əˌneɪd/
a seasoned liquid, usually of vinegar or wine with oil, herbs, spices, etc., in which meat, fish, vegetables, etc., are steeped before cooking.
meat, fish, vegetables, etc., steeped in it.
verb (used with object), marinaded, marinading.
to marinate.
Origin of marinade
1675-85; < French < Provençal marinado, noun use of feminine past participle of mariná to cure meat or fish in brine, verbal derivative of marin marine
Can be confused
marinade, marinate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for marinade
  • She fitted the sharks with headgear consisting of two tubes delivering this squid marinade to one nostril and then the other.
  • Soak the bird's bits overnight in a marinade containing olive oil, lemon juice and garlic.
  • Add the remaining marinade and enough chicken stock to cover the veggies.
  • Remove the fish from the marinade and place it on the plank.
  • Simmer over medium heat for ten to fifteen minutes while you prepare the other stuffing ingredients and the marinade.
  • Better yet, leave in the refrigerator overnight, in the spicy yogurt marinade.
  • Pour the marinade on top of the pork, making sure to include all the little solid bits of garlic and herbs.
  • Drain and discard the marinade before using the feta.
  • Even skinless chicken breasts can be made appetizing through the magic of smoke and spicy marinade.
  • Use these three components of a marinade to create your own recipe.
British Dictionary definitions for marinade


noun (ˌmærɪˈneɪd)
a spiced liquid mixture of oil, wine, vinegar, herbs, etc, in which meat or fish is soaked before cooking
meat or fish soaked in this liquid
verb (ˈmærɪˌneɪd)
a variant of marinate
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Spanish marinada, from marinar to pickle in brine, marinate
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Word Origin and History for marinade

1704, from French marinade "spiced vinegar or brine for pickling," from mariner "to pickle" (see marinate). As a verb from 1680s. Related: Marinaded; marinading.

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