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[rahynd] /raɪnd/
a thick and firm outer coat or covering, as of certain fruits, cheeses, and meats:
watermelon rind; orange rind; bacon rind.
the bark of a tree.
Origin of rind1
before 900; Middle English, Old English rind(e) tree bark, crust; cognate with German Rinde
Related forms
rindless, adjective
rindy, adjective


[rahynd, rind] /raɪnd, rɪnd/
a piece of iron running across an upper millstone as a support.
Also called millrind.
1300-50; Middle English rynd; cognate with Middle Dutch rijn, Middle Low German rīn Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for rind
  • Trim the green skin and any pink flesh from the rind.
  • Trim tough rind from ham, leaving as much fat as possible.
  • Trim any visible fat from the top of the ham, but do not remove the rind.
  • Cut the halves into paper-thin slices, rind and all.
  • In reality, this is more of an estimate since it is probably difficult to even rind all the spending.
  • Sugar can be added to make it go down more easily, they said, and the rind should not be consumed.
  • Place the ham on a flat surface with the rind side up.
  • When eating fresh, removing the rind is a matter of personal taste.
  • He had been suffering from a liver complaint, complicated by dysentery, rind due to malaria.
  • Remove saucepan from heat and add lemon juice and lemon rind.
British Dictionary definitions for rind


a hard outer layer or skin on bacon, cheese, etc
the outer layer of a fruit or of the spore-producing body of certain fungi
the outer layer of the bark of a tree
Word Origin
Old English rinde; Old High German rinta, German Rinde
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Word Origin and History for rind

Old English rinde "bark, crust," later "peel of a fruit or vegetable" (c.1400), from Proto-Germanic *rind- (cf. Old Saxon rinda, Middle Dutch and Dutch rinde "bark of a tree," Old High German rinda, German Rinde), probably related to Old English rendan (see rend (v.)).

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