From Old English brȳne, from Proto-Germanic *brein- (compare West Frisian brein, Dutch brijn), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰreHi- ‘to cut, maim’ (compare Old Irish ro·bria ‘may hurt, damage’, Latin friāre ‘to rub, crumble’, Slovenian bríti ‘to shave, shear’, Albanian brej ‘to gnaw’, Sanskrit bhrīņā́ti ‘they injure, hurt’).
- salt water; water saturated or strongly impregnated with salt; a salt-and-water solution for pickling
- Do you want a can of tuna in oil or in brine?
- the sea or ocean; the water of the sea
Derived terms 
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- Plural form of brina