a net for catching fish.
a fabric having an open mesh resembling a fishnet.


being of an open-mesh weave: fishnet stockings.

Origin of fishnet

before 1000; Middle English; Old English fiscnett. See fish, net1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fishnet

Contemporary Examples of fishnet

Historical Examples of fishnet

  • She set her fishnet bag on the stump she vacated and provided herself with a cudgel before starting to investigate.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart

  • He went back now to the river and put the bird in the fishnet, and then he went to the woods and put the fish in the snare.

    Mighty Mikko

    Parker Fillmore

  • That afternoon when the burgomaster chanced to look out the window he saw a man stretching a fishnet across the dusty road.

    The Shoemaker's Apron

    Parker Fillmore

  • A mass of fishnet was fastened to the smaller spars and heavy ropes were holding the spars and the net in place during its tow.

    Creatures of the Abyss

    Murray Leinster

  • A fyke is a fishnet, with long wings on each side; in shape like a nightcap with ear lappets; in mechanism like a rat-trap.

British Dictionary definitions for fishnet



mainly US and Canadian a net for catching fish
  1. an open mesh fabric resembling netting
  2. (as modifier)fishnet tights
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