from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A liquid mixture, usually of vinegar or wine and oil with various spices and herbs, in which meat, fowl, fish, or vegetables are soaked before cooking.
- transitive v. To soak (food) in such a mixture; marinate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A seasoned, often acidic liquid mixture in which food is marinated, or soaked, usually to flavor and prepare it for cooking.
- v. To marinate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A brine or pickle containing wine or vinegar, with opil, herbs, and spices, for enriching the flavor of meat and fish, which are steeped in it prior to cooking.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A compound liquor, generally of wine and vinegar, with herbs and spices, in which fish or meats are steeped before cooking to improve their flavor.
- n. Pickled meat, either flesh or fish.
- Same as marinate.
- n. In the West Indies, a little cake made of the edible core of the cabbage-palm.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. soak in marinade
- n. mixtures of vinegar or wine and oil with various spices and seasonings; used for soaking foods before cooking
French, probably from Italian marinare, to marinate, from Latin (aqua) marīna, sea(water), brine, pickle, feminine of marīnus, of the sea; see marine.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)