Pickle vs Achar - What's the difference?

pickle | achar |

As nouns the difference between pickle and achar

is that pickle is a cucumber preserved in a solution, usually a brine or a vinegar syrup or pickle can be (scotland) a kernel, grain while achar is a spicy and salty pickle of indian cuisine.

As a verb pickle

is to preserve food in a salt, sugar or vinegar solution.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) pikel, pykyl, pekille, .

Alternative forms

* pickel (obsolete and rare)


(en noun)
  • A cucumber preserved in a solution, usually a brine or a vinegar syrup.
  • A pickle goes well with a hamburger.
  • (Often in plural: pickles ), any vegetable preserved in vinegar and consumed as relish.
  • The brine used for preserving food.
  • This tub is filled with the pickle that we will put the small cucumbers into.
  • A difficult situation, peril.
  • The climber found himself in a pickle when one of the rocks broke off.
  • * 1955 , edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 194:
  • I beg you, Miss Jones, to realize the pickle' you're in.
  • A small or indefinite quantity or amount (of something); a little, a bit, a few. Usu . in partitive construction, freq. without /of/; a single grain or kernel of wheat, barley, oats, sand or dust.
  • An affectionate term for a mildly mischievous loved one
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  • (baseball) A rundown.
  • Jones was caught in a pickle between second and third.
  • A children’s game with three participants that emulates a baseball rundown
  • The boys played pickle in the front yard for an hour.
  • (slang) A penis.
  • (slang) A pipe for smoking methamphetamine.
  • Load some shards in that ''pickle''.
  • (metalworking) A bath of dilute sulphuric or nitric acid, etc., to remove burnt sand, scale, rust, etc., from the surface of castings, or other articles of metal, or to brighten them or improve their colour.
  • In an optical landing system, the hand-held controller connected to the lens, or apparatus on which the lights are mounted.
  • Synonyms
    * (penis) See also
    Derived terms
    * in a pickle * pickle switch
    See also
    * piccalilli


  • To preserve food in a salt, sugar or vinegar solution.
  • We pickled the remainder of the crop.
  • To remove high-temperature scale and oxidation from metal with heated (often sulphuric) industrial acid.
  • The crew will pickle the fittings in the morning.
  • (programming) (in the Python programming language) To serialize.
  • * 2005 , Peter Norton et al'', ''Beginning Python
  • You can now restore the pickled data. If you like, close your Python interpreter and open a new instance, to convince yourself...
  • * 2008 , Marty Alchin, Pro Django
  • To illustrate how this would work in practice, consider a field designed to store and retrieve a pickled copy of any arbitrary Python object.
    Derived terms
    * pickled * pickling

    Etymology 2

    Perhaps from Scottish 'to trifle, pilfer'


    (en noun)
  • (Scotland) A kernel, grain
  • (Scotland) A bit, small quantity
  • achar



    (en noun)
  • A spicy and salty pickle of Indian cuisine.
  • English terms derived from Hindi English terms derived from Urdu ----