\ 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 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 The Paris Aquarium dedicates three tanks of various sizes to goldfish and their freshwater neighbors, including sturgeon, carp and bream. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "The Paris Aquarium Is Giving Unwanted Goldfish a Second Chance," 20 Nov. 2019 Ekema said most of the fish impacted by this event were bluegill bream that were 3 inches or less in length. Dennis Pillion |, al, "Fish kill that drew pro angler’s ire likely natural, state says," 30 Aug. 2019 From Pickwick, Captain Brian Barton says bream have moved inshore for a second spawn, and can be found on hard sand or shell bottom in 1-4 feet in many bays and shorelines around the lake. Frank Sargeant,, "Friday Fishing Report: Bass are biting at Lake Guntersville," 21 June 2019 Use crickets and redworms near docks and seawalls for bluegills, bream and warmouth. Mark Blythe,, "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,, "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

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bream

: a kind of fish that people catch for food

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