[ kal-uh-mer-ee, -muh-ree ]

noun,plural cal·a·mar·ies.
  1. a squid, especially of the genus Loligo.

Origin of calamary

First recorded in 1560–70; apparently from Latin calamārius “pertaining to a pen”; see calamari; the ink metaphor may stem from a popular form such as Italian calamaro
  • Also cal·a·mar [kal-uh-mahr]. /ˈkæl əˌmɑr/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use calamary in a sentence

  • They entered the railroad station and inquired when they might board a train back to Calamar.

    Secrets of the Andes | James H. Foster
  • Josè had noticed him on the boat when he embarked at Calamar, and surmised that he had probably come up from Barranquilla.

    Carmen Ariza | Charles Francis Stocking
  • Towards the end of the 19th century a railway, 65 m. long, was built between Cartagena and Calamar.

  • Their popular name of Calmar (calamar in old French) is taken from their resemblance to certain species of ink-holders.

    The Ocean World: | Louis Figuier