\ ˈbrim How to pronounce bream (audio) , ˈbrēm How to pronounce bream (audio) \
plural bream or breams

Definition of bream

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a bronze-colored European freshwater cyprinid fish (Abramis brama) broadly : any of various related fishes
2a : any of various marine fish (family Sparidae) related to the porgy

called also sea bream

b : any of various freshwater sunfishes (Lepomis and related genera) especially : bluegill


\ ˈbrēm How to pronounce bream (audio) \
breamed; breaming; breams

Definition of bream (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to clean (a ship's bottom) by heating and scraping

Examples of bream in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But some can also be used to catch bream, crawfish, shrimp and other species used for bait. The Editors, Field & Stream, "How To Pick The Best Minnow Trap," 6 Sep. 2019 Geneticist Ze-Xia Gao of Huazhong Agricultural University is focusing on blunt snout bream, a carp that is farmed in China. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "New genetic tools will deliver improved farmed fish, oysters, and shrimp. Here’s what to expect," 19 Nov. 2020 Charter a boat to explore the inshore and offshore options, go crabbing in the May River, fly-fishing on Lake Bales in Moreland Village, or hunt for bream and bass from a kayak. Jessica Dailey, Town & Country, "South Carolina’s Palmetto Bluff Makes Everyday Life Feel Like Vacation," 23 Oct. 2020 There are few events in the sporting life that are as consistent and accessible as fishing for bedding bream. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "How to Fish for Trophy Panfish on a Spawning Bed," 19 Mar. 2020 Live crickets on a dead drift are shellcracker candy, but small safety-pin spinners can help pull boss bream out of the brush. The Editors, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Guide to Hunting and Fishing Road Trips for Spring," 24 Feb. 2020 Located throughout the state, these lakes are noted for their quality fishing for bream, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and crappie (in most lakes). Frank Sargeant, al, "Outdoors notebook: Get ready to fish public lakes," 29 Jan. 2020 The green shades, particularly with a touch of chartreuse, are especially deadly anytime bass are feeding on bream, and in addition to gold or silver blades, flat black can be best when the bite is tough or the water is dirty. Pete Robbins, Field & Stream, "3 Bass Lures You Should Never Go Fishing Without," 10 Dec. 2019 This is not only holy temple to sardines, but to all kinds of seafood, including salmon, seam bream, octopus, and mussels, all of which are preserved solely in olive oil. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "What to Do, See, Eat, and Shop For in Lisbon, Portugal," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bream


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1626, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bream


Middle English breme, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German brahsima bream, Middle High German brehen to shine


probably from Dutch brem furze; from the use of burning furze in the cleaning

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“Bream.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bream

: a kind of fish that people catch for food

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