Dictionary.com

conch

[ kongk, konch ]
/ kɒŋk, kɒntʃ /
Save This Word!

noun, plural conchs [kongks], /kɒŋks/, con·ches [kon-chiz]. /ˈkɒn tʃɪz/.
the spiral shell of a gastropod, often used as a horn.
any of various marine gastropods.
the fabled shell trumpet of the Tritons.
(often initial capital letter)Slang: Sometimes Disparaging.
  1. a term used to refer to a native or inhabitant of the Florida Keys.
  2. a term used to refer to a Bahamian.
Also concha .Architecture. a smooth concave surface consisting of or resembling the interior of a semidome, as the surface of a vault, a trompe, or the head of a niche.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!
In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of conch

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin concha<Greek kónchē mussel, shell

usage note for conch

Conch is usually a neutral nickname or term of self-reference for any person living in the Florida Keys or the Bahamas, where conch (the flesh of the gastropod) is a popular food. However, the nickname conch is sometimes used with disparaging intent when specifically referring to a person of Bahamian ancestry living in the Florida Keys. And Loyalists who fled to the Bahamas during the Revolutionary War used the nickname conch to refer disparagingly to a native or early settler of the Bahamas.

OTHER WORDS FROM conch

conch·ate [kong-keyt, kon-cheyt], /ˈkɒŋ keɪt, ˈkɒn tʃeɪt/, conched, adjective

Other definitions for conch (2 of 2)

conch-

variant of concho- before a vowel.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use conch in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for conch

conch
/ (kɒŋk, kɒntʃ) /

noun plural conchs (kɒŋks) or conches (ˈkɒntʃɪz)
any of various tropical marine gastropod molluscs of the genus Strombus and related genera, esp S. gigas (giant conch), characterized by a large brightly coloured spiral shell
the shell of such a mollusc, used as a trumpet
architect another name for concha (def. 2)

Word Origin for conch

C16: from Latin concha, from Greek konkhē shellfish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK