Sardines at a market.
- Any of various edible fishes of the family Clupeidae that are frequently canned, especially small herrings of western Atlantic waters and Sardina pilchardus of European waters.
- Any of various other small, silvery, edible freshwater or marine fishes.
transitive verbsar·dined, sar·din·ing, sar·dines Slang
To pack tightly; cram: “The bars are sardined with hungry hopefuls” (Gael Greene).
Origin of sardineMiddle English sardin, from Old French sardine, from Latin sardīna, from sarda, a kind of fish, ultimately from Greek Sardō, Sardinia.
- Any one of several species of small herring which are commonly preserved in olive oil or in tins for food, especially the pilchard, or European sardine (Clupea pichardus). The California sardine (Clupea sagax) is similar. The American sardines of the Atlantic coast are mostly the young of the common herring and of the menhaden.
- Arnside, derains sandier
Variant of sardine