plural 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 This brill brush above is effective at scraping and, most importantly, bristle free. John Thompson,, 13 May 2023 The brill that Youssef wrapped up and cooked in mud is the main course, and it is flavored with ginger which, as Bossi explains, has antiaging and slimming properties. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 Little amuse-bouche – sorbets or soups – interject the courses, while the star attractions include pan-fried brill with dressed crab and saffron-crushed potatoes or local sea bream with king prawns and black garlic purée. Angelina Villa-Clarke, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 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, 25 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History


Middle English brell

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brill was in the 15th century

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“Brill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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