from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See sprat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sprat (small herring)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a small fatty European fish; usually smoked or canned.
  • n. a small herring (Clupea sprattus) processed like a sardine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A clupeoid fish, Sardinella pilchardus, caught in great numbers in the English Channel, in the seas of Spain and Portugal, and in the Mediterranean. They are cooked and packed in oil in tin cans.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small fatty European fish; usually smoked or canned like sardines
  • n. small herring processed like a sardine


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Norwegian, alteration (influenced by Norwegian brisa, to flash) of Low German bretling, from bret, broad.


  • On the episode of "Good Eats" on which Alton presented this recipe, he got around most of our reactions to sardines by referring to them as "brisling," the actual name of the fish in question.

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  • NELSON: Well, the Egyptian government is brisling at foreign response.

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  • RAZ: Now, this recipe is really about sardines, and in this case, canned brisling sardines, not filleted sardines, again because they're cheap, plentiful, sustainable and good for you.

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  • At the bush, the dogs shrank away as if frightened, and returned to their masters, their hair brisling on their backs.

    The Lilac Fairy Book

  • (And actually, they're technically brisling sprats; "Sardine" is just a general term for packed fish in the herring family).

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  • The recipe called for brisling sardines packed in olive oil, more expensive than some types of sardines.

    Lake Neuron

  • The gag was that at one point, the paper label fell off his can of brisling to reveal the real "sardines" label underneath.

    Lake Neuron

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  • I wear the same clothes every day and everything must be cotton (and in winter my jumpers have to be wool but not contact my skin as it feels like a brisling hair shirt to the extreme.)

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  • * 2 (3. 75-ounce 2-layer) tins brisling sardines in olive oil

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  • The small brisling sardines, which move into Norwegian fjords at certain times of the year, are claimed by local residents to be tastier than the larger sardine cousins.

    March 21, 2011