Definition of brine in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Water strongly impregnated with salt.

    ‘the olives have been stored in brine’
    • ‘We stepped inside the store, that familiar smell of spices, cloth, and pork brine meeting my nose at once.’
    • ‘Discard this water and use fresh water for your brine.’
    • ‘We don't add brine so you're not buying water, so there is a value for money advantage too.’
    • ‘These catalysts could be water, brine, wine, beer or other similar liquids.’
    • ‘To remove glucoside oleuropein, one either puts the picked olives in lye, salt, brine, or repeated baths of water.’
    • ‘Can you imagine how dry your thanksgiving turkey would be if there wasn't at least a 6% brine added to the turkey?’
    • ‘The block forms are also placed in a cooling bed of brine.’
    • ‘He doesn't just look well-preserved, he looks like he's been pickled in brine.’
    • ‘His rough, callused hands felt like they'd been soaked overnight in brine.’
    • ‘The corpse is quickly stripped and butchered, salted in curing brine, and left to dry in a smoke hut overnight.’
    • ‘Quickly follow the vermouth with a splash of olive brine, a squeeze of lime and three dashes of bitters.’
    • ‘Hulking guys serve up platters of prawns, steamed crabs, and just-shucked oysters glistening in brine.’
    • ‘Avoid eating foods prepared in brine, like pickles, olives, and sauerkraut.’
    • ‘They should be on the bone, and laid dry in salt rather than in brine.’
    • ‘Stir in 2 tablespoons drained green peppercorns in brine and salt to taste.’
    • ‘You will find preserved vine leaves in good supermarkets and specialist stores in cans or jars, either in brine or salt.’
    • ‘In preparation for this operation, hundreds of pipes filled with circulating, frigid brine are driven into the ground.’
    • ‘Kumamoto oysters are enhanced by just enough brine in their mignonette.’
    • ‘The blocks are then salted in brine for 20 days and aged for two years.’
    • ‘The resulting liquid brine helps break down the ice for easier plowing and removal.’
    1. 1.1Seawater.
      ‘dolphins and whales can't help taking in the odd gulp of brine as they swallow a fish’
      • ‘Men ran to the rail with torches and peered down at the brine, hoping to catch sight of her.’
      • ‘They framed the vast expanse of brine and muddy flats where Hunt set up shop.’
      • ‘A trace of an ocean breeze, brine and seaweed, lingered in the air for just an instant, and was gone.’
      • ‘Who's willing to put themselves on the line for these mysterious little creatures of the murky brine?’
      • ‘I was wrenched back into the frigid brine, unconscious, and helpless.’
      • ‘The brine dries white on our dark faces and arms.’
      • ‘The brine tank lay on the port side of the compartment.’
      • ‘In England, the relative lack of sunshine meant that salt was usually made by heating brine artificially.’
      • ‘The water's crawling with the larvae of brine flies and midges these waterfowl love.’
      • ‘Ashore a spume of brine water rains from an overhanging crag and sluices back through the beach.’
      • ‘Despite the numbing cold, he was aware of intense pain as the brine bit into his wounds.’
      • ‘You are still just treading water, gulping brine into your empty heart and lungs.’
      • ‘A few stones were dislodged by the movement and tumbled into the brine with their earlier neighbours.’
      • ‘His hands gripped pallidly upon the rail, and they were white with more than just the chill brine of the sea.’
      • ‘He'll just swim way out and start gargling brine.’
    2. 1.2A solution of salt and water in which food is preserved.
      ‘the classic dirty martini includes a few drops of olive brine’
      • ‘My Uncle Phil taught me how to make this dill pickle brine.’
      • ‘Jimenez was treating the cut with anti-bacterial ointment and pickle brine.’
      • ‘Also very different from anything found in this part of the world are small dishes called turshi (vegetables soaked in spicy brine).’
      • ‘Black olives are picked when ripe and are pickled in brine and sometimes then in oil.’
      • ‘The three best known varieties are; tangy cracked green olives soaked in a salt brine, delicate tan or violet olives, and sharp, dry-cured, black olives.’
      • ‘Pickling in brine had already been done for centuries.’
      • ‘Quickly follow the vermouth with a splash of olive brine, a squeeze of lime and three dashes of bitters.’
      • ‘Make a Dirty Martini cocktail by increasing the vermouth and adding olive brine.’
      • ‘The salmon they carried from Berwick was boiled, pickled in brine and delivered in barrels known as kitts.’
      • ‘Fish sauce is what you get when you leave anchovies or similar small fish to pickle in brine until nearly dissolved, and then filter the resulting liquid.’
      • ‘Red herring are fish which have been first soaked in brine with saltpetre added, then hung up to dry before being subjected to a heavy smoking - ideally over oak, beech, and turf.’
      • ‘The beef is soaked in brine, brown sugar, juniper berries, and spices for any time between three weeks and three months.’
      • ‘Whether it is canned in oil, brine, or spring water, canned tuna is low in omega 3 essential fats.’
      • ‘Molly explained: "We thought a few olive trees would be a good idea so that we could have our own olives in brine and enough oil for the year."’
      • ‘One principal difference is whether the meat is dry salted or soaked in brine.’
      • ‘We purchase Spanish chorizo and Roquefort cheese and gherkins in brine and red chillies in olive oil.’
      • ‘Halloumi is creamy white with a fibrous texture, and is firmer, less brittle and generally less salty than Feta, even though it is also soaked in brine during manufacture.’
    3. 1.3technical A strong solution of a salt or salts.
      ‘these brines percolated downwards’
      • ‘Chlorine is a basic industrial chemical, prepared in immense quantities by electrolysis of brine.’
      • ‘The brine solution cools the product down while at the same time, adds salt to the cheese.’
      • ‘Although not commonly used, potassium chloride can be used to create the salt brine.’
      • ‘It is full of brine at a terrific density, about two-and-a-half pounds of salt to the gallon.’
      • ‘The resin then must be ‘regenerated’ with a salt (sodium chloride) brine solution before further treatment can occur.’


  • Soak or preserve in salty water.

    ‘brined anchovies’
    • ‘I brined the scallops and hazelnuts in water, salt, sugar, and liquid smoke.’
    • ‘You might have tried brining a turkey, but other meats benefit from a soak in a salt-sugar liquid too.’
    • ‘Fresh-pack or quick-process pickles are not fermented; some are brined several hours or overnight.’
    • ‘We did brine some turkeys last week and they were ultra juicy.’
    • ‘Some 120,000 pounds of cheese - about a third of the day's production - can be brined at one time.’
    marinade, marinate, soak, souse, macerate
    View synonyms


Old English brīne, of unknown origin.