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[sahr-deen] /sɑrˈdin/
noun, plural (especially collectively) sardine (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) sardines.
the pilchard, Sardina pilchardus, often preserved in oil and used for food.
any of various similar, closely related fishes of the herring family Clupeidae.
Origin of sardine1
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English sardeine < Middle French sardine < Latin sardīna, derivative of sarda sardine, noun use of feminine of Sardus Sardinian


[sahr-dahyn, -dn] /ˈsɑr daɪn, -dn/
1300-50; Middle English (< Late Latin sardīnus) < Greek sárdinos sardius Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sardine
  • Place in the centre of each a stuffed olive, made by removing stone and filling cavity with sardine mixture.
  • The ant found my pathway, followed it to the sardine and briefly examined the food.
  • We make it down to the lobby, which is sardine-packed.
  • Ground marinated anchovies flavor sauces and salad dressings, while tuna, sardine and mullet are served as main courses.
  • That's pretty unrealistic in these days of sardine-sized overhead space and pay-by-the-pound luggage check-in.
  • The looters may have found a few old sardine cans but not much else.
  • Under the high wooden vaulted ceiling, empty sardine tins dripped oil among spilled votive candles.
  • Most of the largest fisheries in the world's oceans are based on small pelagic fish such as anchovy and sardine.
British Dictionary definitions for sardine


noun (pl) -dines, -dine
any of various small marine food fishes of the herring family, esp a young pilchard See also sild
like sardines, very closely crowded together
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Latin sardīna, diminutive of sarda a fish suitable for pickling


/ˈsɑːdiːn; -dən/
another name for sard
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin sardinus, from Greek sardinos lithos Sardian stone, from Sardeis Sardis
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Word Origin and History for sardine

early 15c., from Latin sardina, from Greek sardine, sardinos, often said to be from Sardo "Sardinia" (see Sardinia), the Mediterranean island, near which the fish probably were caught and from which they were exported. But cf. Klein: "It is hardly probable that the Greeks would have obtained fish from so far as Sardinia at a time relatively so early as that of Aristotle, from whom Athenaios quotes a passage in which the fish sardinos is mentioned." Colloquial phrase packed like sardines (in a tin) is recorded from 1911.

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