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noun,plural (especially collectively) king·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) king·fish·es.
  1. any of several marine food fishes of the drum family, especially of the genus Menticirrhus, found off the eastern coast of the United States.

  2. Also called white croaker. a marine food fish, Genyonemus lineatus, found off the Californian coast.

  1. a large game fish, Seriola grandis, found in Australia and New Zealand, closely related to the yellowtail.

  2. any of various other fishes noted especially for their size.

  3. Informal. a person regarded as a leader or authority: a kingfish in Democratic Party circles.

Origin of kingfish

First recorded in 1740–50; king + fish

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

How to use kingfish in a sentence

  • Their feeding habits are similar to those of the kingfish, and in their season they can be captured in the same way.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others | James Alexander Henshall
  • It is frequently caught by the Key West fishermen when trolling for kingfish with a bait of bacon-rind.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others | James Alexander Henshall
  • My brother pulled in this kingfish, which was small, and we rebaited our hooks and went on again.

    Tales of Fishes | Zane Grey

British Dictionary definitions for kingfish


/ (ˈkɪŋˌfɪʃ) /

nounplural -fish or -fishes
  1. any marine sciaenid food and game fish of the genus Menticirrhus, occurring in warm American Atlantic coastal waters

  2. another name for opah

  1. any of various other large food fishes, esp the Spanish mackerel

  2. Also called: (NZ) haku a large food and game fish, Seriola lalandi lalandi, of New Zealand waters

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