\ ˈbril How to pronounce brill (audio) \
plural brill

Definition of brill

: a European flatfish (Scophthalmus rhombus synonym Bothus rhombus of the family Bothidae) broadly : turbot

Examples of brill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Much is grilled, such as octopus or brill, there’s a fish rice, or, for something lighter, a warm salad of scallops and prawns. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Barcelona," 4 Mar. 2018 Wedding Breakfast The menu included traditional strawberries with cream, brill in lobster sauce, and Princess of Wales chicken (stuffed with fine lamb mousse). Julie Miller, Vanities, "Inside Princess Diana’s Fairy-Tale Royal Wedding," 17 Apr. 2018 Here, the meat inside is juicy from a wallow in sa-cha sauce, with its briny payload of dried shrimp and ground brill. New York Times, "At Happy Stony Noodle, a Childhood Favorite Anchors the Menu," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of brill

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brill

Middle English brell

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

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