[ sey-lerz-chois ]

noun,plural sail·or's-choice.
  1. any of several fishes living in waters along the Atlantic coast of the United States, especially a pinfish, Lagodon rhomboides, ranging from Massachusetts to Texas, and a grunt, Haemulon parrai, ranging from Florida to Brazil.

Origin of sailor's-choice

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50

Words Nearby sailor's-choice Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for sailor's-choice


  1. any of various small percoid fishes of American coastal regions of the Atlantic, esp the grunt Haemulon parra and the pinfish

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