[ gohld-fish ]

noun,plural (especially collectively) gold·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) gold·fish·es.
  1. a small, usually yellow or orange fish, Carassius auratus, of the carp family, native to China, bred in many varieties and often kept in fishbowls and pools.

Origin of goldfish

First recorded in 1690–1700; gold + fish

Words Nearby goldfish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for goldfish


/ (ˈɡəʊldˌfɪʃ) /

nounplural -fish or -fishes
  1. a freshwater cyprinid fish, Carassius auratus, of E Europe and Asia, esp China, widely introduced as a pond or aquarium fish. It resembles the carp and has a typically golden or orange-red coloration

  2. any of certain similar ornamental fishes, esp the golden orfe: See orfe

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