noun, plural silds, (especially collectively) sild.
  1. (in Scandinavia) any of numerous species of herring.
  2. any immature or small herring, other than a sprat, that is canned and commercially sold as a sardine.

Origin of sild

1920–25; < Norwegian, Danish: herring, Old Norse síld Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for sild


  1. any of various small young herrings, esp when prepared and canned in Norway

Word Origin for sild

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