noun, plural fish·er·ies.

a place where fish are bred; fish hatchery.
a place where fish or shellfish are caught.
the occupation or industry of catching, processing, or selling fish or shellfish.
Law. the right to fish in certain waters or at certain times.

Origin of fishery

First recorded in 1520–30; fish + -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fishery

Contemporary Examples of fishery

Historical Examples of fishery

  • The Eastern States may claim it for their fishery, and for other objects, as the Southn.

  • There were the fishery huts and the men curing and drying fish.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • I'm glad to get away alive from the decaying millions of oysters at the fishery.

    East of Suez

    Frederic Courtland Penfield

  • Consequently, only a limited number are allowed to take part in the fishery.

    East of Suez

    Frederic Courtland Penfield

  • In the fishery, they usually go by the generic name of Gay-Headers.

British Dictionary definitions for fishery


noun plural -eries

  1. the industry of catching, processing, and selling fish
  2. a place where this is carried on
a place where fish are reared
a fishing ground
another word for piscary (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for fishery

"business of fishing," 1670s; "place where fish are caught," 1690s; see fish (v.) + -ery. Related: Fisheries.

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