a small sturgeon, Acipenser ruthenus, of the Black and Caspian seas, valued as a source of caviar.

Origin of sterlet

1585–95; < Russian stérlyad', Old Russian sterlyagi (plural) < German Störling a small sturgeon, equivalent to Stör sturgeon (Middle High German stör(e), stür(e), Old High German stur(i)o; cf. sturgeon) + -ling -ling1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sterlet

Historical Examples of sterlet

  • Our sterlet was nearly two feet long, and may have cost twenty or thirty dollars.

  • This day investigation dropped; reconsidered verdict states poisoning to have been by sterlet caviar.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

  • Still another is made of a fish called the sterlet, which is found only in the Volga, the principal river of Russia.

    Our Little Russian Cousin

    Mary Hazelton Wade

  • A favourite fish among the higher classes is the sterlet, a sort of sturgeon; soup is made of it, but it is very expensive.

    Fred Markham in Russia

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • There can be no doubt that the sturgeon or sterlet is meant by this term, for Platina calls the eggs of the fish “caviare.”

British Dictionary definitions for sterlet



a small sturgeon, Acipenser ruthenus, of seas and rivers in N Asia and E Europe: used as a food fish and a source of caviar

Word Origin for sterlet

C16: from Russian sterlyad, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German sturio sturgeon
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