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Definition of pickle
1North American a small cucumber preserved in vinegar, brine, or a similar solution. fruit or vegetables preserved in vinegar or brine and used as a relish. the liquid used to preserve food or other perishable items. an acid solution for cleaning metal objects. 2 [in singular] informal a difficult or messy situation:I am in a pickle
verb [with object]
preserve (food or other perishable items) in vinegar, brine, or a similar solution:chunks of green tomatoes pickled in brine immerse (a metal object) in an acid or other chemical solution for cleaning.