bream

noun
\ˈbrim, ˈbrēm \
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

bream

verb
\ˈbrēm \
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

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Use crickets and redworms near docks and seawalls for bluegills, bream and warmouth. Mark Blythe, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida fishing forecast: July 10," 7 July 2018 Most anglers use 6 to 8 pound test mono on bream-buster type long rods for this action. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Friday Fishing Report," 6 Apr. 2018 SE Double Lake Recreation Area 23-acre campground has a fishing pier (bass, bream and catfish), boat ramp and multiple hiking and biking trails. Houston Chronicle, "Where to go fishing in the Houston area," 10 May 2018 After gathering all their nets, their total catch of the day was about 77 pounds (35 kilograms) of pike-perch and 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of bream—a sizable haul for a few hours of work. Taylor Weidman, National Geographic, "Once Written Off for Dead, the Aral Sea Is Now Full of Life," 16 Mar. 2018 Flyfishing enthusiasts will love the rolling rivers and numerous lakes and ponds stocked with largemouth bass and bream. Smithsonian, "Discover Palmetto Bluff’s great outdoors," 1 Apr. 2018 The reservoir is formed by Walter F. George Dam and is known for its great fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, bream and catfish. Joe Songer, AL.com, "Over 85 amazing wildlife photos captured on trail/game cameras by our readers," 8 Feb. 2018 After a minute marked by tense silence, two breams emerged from the hole. Taylor Weidman, National Geographic, "Once Written Off for Dead, the Aral Sea Is Now Full of Life," 16 Mar. 2018 The reservoir is formed by Walter F. George Dam and is known for its great fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, bream and catfish. Joe Songer, AL.com, "Over 85 amazing wildlife photos captured on trail/game cameras by our readers," 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bream

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1626, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bream

Noun

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

Verb

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

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bream

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bream

: a kind of fish that people catch for food

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