Definition of pickle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪkl//
    Vegetables, Sauces
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  1. 1 [countable, usually plural] (British English) a vegetable that has been preserved in vinegar or salt water and has a strong flavour, served cold with meat, salads, etc. See related entries: Vegetables
  2. 2 [uncountable] (British English) a cold thick spicy sauce made from fruit and vegetables that have been boiled, often sold in jars and served with meat, cheese, etc. a cheese and pickle sandwich See related entries: Sauces
  3. 3 (North American English) (British English gherkin) [uncountable, countable] a small cucumber that has been preserved in vinegar before being eaten
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting a spicy sauce served with meat): from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German pekel, of unknown ultimate origin.Idioms (informal) in a difficult or unpleasant situation
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pickle