Definition of rind in English:



mass noun
  • 1The tough outer skin of certain fruit, especially citrus fruit.

    ‘decorate with fine shreds of orange rind’
    count noun ‘olive oil infused with lemon rinds’
    • ‘Sean says grated lemon rind adds a delicious sweet and sour taste to the berries.’
    • ‘But I was allowed to watch as she guided the long blade through the cantaloupe's golden-netted rind to the cutting board.’
    • ‘Think of perfectly ripened pineapple chunks, minus the labor of carving away the tough rind.’
    • ‘Be careful to only get the outer rind, not the bitter pith.’
    • ‘Those were the melons she served on the fancy white plates with the silver rims, a generous quarter pre-sliced along the rind so we had only to cut off chunks with our spoons.’
    • ‘The fruit has a thick, greenish yellow rind.’
    • ‘Traditional additions to such a risotto would include finely grated lemon rind, and freshly picked peas with lots of black pepper.’
    • ‘Lavender buds make wonderful smelling sachets, as do dried citrus rinds and dried flowers.’
    • ‘This deliciously deep fried pastry has dates, orange and lemon extract, anisette, chopped nuts, orange rind, and lemon rind.’
    • ‘Grate the rind from the two large oranges and squeeze out the juice.’
    • ‘As you recall, when we pickle cherries or watermelon rinds, we add a little sugar.’
    • ‘But scientists have known that calcium - just as it helps keep bones strong - also helps melon rind maintain firmness that protects the fruit against spoilage.’
    • ‘He was sucking a lemon, but had finished it and threw away the rind, folding his arms across his chest.’
    • ‘Prepare the chicken glaze; heat the lemon rind, juice and honey in a pan until it caramelizes.’
    • ‘So you look in the genes for the effect you're after - in this case, a thin rind, no seeds, and sweeter flesh - then you target those traits.’
    • ‘Place the orange and lemon rinds, cloves and cinnamon sticks into a piece of 100% cotton cheesecloth.’
    • ‘Add the lemon zest and simmer until the rinds are soft, about 10 minutes.’
    skin, peel, covering, zest
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    1. 1.1 The hard outer edge of cheese or bacon.
      ‘curls of bacon rind were left on his plate’
      count noun ‘Pecorino Romano has a white, waxy rind’
      • ‘You can leave out left over food such as bacon rinds or hard cheese.’
      • ‘Remove the rinds from the bacon and chop it finely.’
      • ‘Hand cheeses come in lots of different shapes, with a wide range of flavours from delicate to strong, and variously coloured rinds.’
      • ‘It's a strong aged cheese with a pale orange rind.’
      • ‘Remove the cheese rind, and transfer the soup to a blender or food processor.’
      • ‘She had been in the middle of a very interesting story about the origin of pork rinds, when she looked up and found that Sorcha and Davie had fallen asleep.’
      • ‘This cheese has a bloomy rind and a fluffy, mellow center.’
      • ‘Made in 8-ounce rounds, the cheese has a distinctive orange-colored rind, the result of a special aging technique.’
      • ‘As a young man, Manet sailed to Brazil on a cargo ship and was asked by the ship's captain to paint the rinds of rotten cheese so it could be sold in the port.’
      • ‘The bacteria colonise rinds and seep into the paste to produce cheeses that are tangy or spiky, creamy or grassy.’
      • ‘The " fried pork chunks " were genuine pork rinds, crunchy and salty!’
      • ‘The yucca root is often served with pork rind and greens and sold at roadside stands.’
      • ‘Among the other varieties with natural rinds are semi-hard cheeses like British farmhouse Cheddar, Cheshire and Gloucester.’
    2. 1.2 The bark of a tree or plant.
      ‘with the liberal use of birch rind and creosote splits we soon had fires going’
      • ‘Cinnamon is actually the dried tree bark from young branches, separated from the cork and outer rind.’
      • ‘It grows in coppices or clumps near or on the banks of rivers and creeks: many stems usually arise from a root,… and are covered with several barks or rinds the last of which being of a cinereous dirt color and very thin.’
    3. 1.3 The hard outer layer of a rhizomorph or other part of a fungus.
    4. 1.4 The skin or blubber of a whale.
      ‘Jeffries was flensing the rind free’
      • ‘In the meat market you can buy mattaq - whale rind from a humpback whale.’


  • Strip the bark from (a tree)

    ‘when the meat ran out they had to rind trees and chew the inner bark for nourishment’
    • ‘I used to watch them felling trees, and sometimes I would be allowed to rind the tree trunks.’


Old English rind(e) ‘bark of a tree’; related to Dutch run and German Rinde, of unknown origin.