pl. -·dines′ or -·dine′
any of various small ocean fishes preserved in tightly packed cans for eating, as a pilchard
Origin of sardineMiddle English sardeyne ; from Middle French sardine ; from Classical Latin sardina ; from sarda, kind of fish, probably ; from Classical Greek Sard?, Sardinia
- 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.