any fish or shellfish from the sea used for food.

Origin of seafood

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for seafood

Contemporary Examples of seafood

Historical Examples of seafood

  • I expected to breakfast at home; now we will get some seafood.'

  • They have attempted to supply the community with seafood, but there are not enough sailing vessels.

  • Yet most of this part of the river is still beautiful and continues to yield good harvests of seafood.

    The Nation's River

    United States Department of the Interior

British Dictionary definitions for seafood



edible saltwater fish or shellfish
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Word Origin and History for seafood

"food obtained from the sea," 1836, American English, from sea + food.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper