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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.
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 sardines
  • sardines thrived here, feeding on the rich blooms of plankton fertilized by nutrients carried along by rising deep ocean waters.
  • If they were scarce, he could sell his contract and turn instead to sardines or anchovies.
  • Shoveled into the water by workers in a small tender beside the pens, the silvery fish were fresh sardines.
  • But when it came time to eat the chips, the chocolate and sardines scenarios had zero effect on actual enjoyment.
  • The flavor of lamprey is rich and sweet, not unlike large fresh sardines.
  • Sure enough, below the birds a school of sardines hundreds strong moves as one, flashing in the sun with each turn.
  • The toxin works its way up the food chain when sardines eat the plankton and squid eat the sardines.
  • They were hunting sardines, and the water boiled with fish.
  • It gathers anchovies, sardines, and tiny animals and plants called plankton.
  • The sardines are literally packed into a tight pulsating ball.
British Dictionary definitions for sardines


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 sardines



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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