Definition of rancid adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈrænsɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrænsɪd//
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if food containing fat is rancid, it tastes or smells unpleasant because it is no longer fresh rancid butter Butter soon goes/turns (= becomes)rancid in this heat. There was a rancid smell coming from the kitchen. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin rancidus ‘stinking’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rancid