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



BrE BrE//ˌsɑːˈdiːn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsɑːrˈdiːn//
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  • a small young sea fish (for example, a young pilchard ) that is either eaten fresh or preserved in tins/cans See related entries: Fish
  • Word Originlate Middle English: from French, or from Latin sardina, from sarda, from Greek, probably from Sardō ‘Sardinia’.Idioms
    (packed, crammed, etc.) like sardines
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    (informal) pressed tightly together in a way that is uncomfortable or unpleasant We were packed in like sardines.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sardine