from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sweet Japanese rice wine used especially in cooking.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a form of Japanese rice wine, less alcoholic than sake
Japanese : Middle Chinese mei, flavor + Middle Chinese lan, remove the astringency of persimmons by soaking in rice wine (misread as lin, grove).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Japanese kanji: 味醂; hiragana: みりん (Wiktionary)