[sawrd-fish, sohrd-]

noun, plural sword·fish·es, (especially collectively) sword·fish for 1.

a large, marine food fish, Xiphias gladius, having the upper jaw elongated into a swordlike structure.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Dorado.

Origin of swordfish

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at sword, fish
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Contemporary Examples of swordfish

  • Both she and the president, casually dressed in khakis and rolled-up shirt sleeves, had swordfish and salad.

  • I absolutely love the assertiveness of olives and capers, especially when paired with a meaty fish like swordfish.

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Historical Examples of swordfish

  • I've been turnin' out another school of swordfish and whales, too.


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  • You put in your fourteen cents and I'll put in the rest of the swordfish.


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  • But there are no more fish there, except Marlin swordfish in August and September.

  • These days were fruitful of the knowledge of swordfish that I had longed to earn.

  • Nor can you mistake a swordfish when he breaks, even though you only see the splash.

British Dictionary definitions for swordfish


noun plural -fish or -fishes

a large scombroid fish, Xiphias gladius, with a very long upper jaw: valued as a food and game fish: family Xiphiidae
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Word Origin and History for swordfish

c.1400, from sword + fish (n.).

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