fish·​ing | \ ˈfi-shiŋ How to pronounce fishing (audio) \

Definition of fishing

1 : the sport or business of catching fish
2 : a place for catching fish

Examples of fishing in a Sentence

The fishing was pretty good today. I'm going fishing this weekend.

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The archaeologists believe that el-Araj is the site of the ancient Jewish fishing village of Bethsaida, which later became the Roman city of Julias. Fox News, "Church of the Apostles discovered near Sea of Galilee, archaeologists say," 31 July 2019 Watase was born in a small fishing village called Hanapepe on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, just after the first world war. The Economist, "How donuts fuelled the American Dream," 26 July 2019 Find out why this one peaceful fishing village is a must-visit summer destination. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Watch Wild Ponies Swim at Chincoteague in Annual Virginia Tradition," 26 July 2019 Two are of small fishing villages close to North Sentinel, one of which John ended up using as a launch spot. Alex Perry, Outside Online, "The Last Days of John Allen Chau," 24 July 2019 Villefranche-sur-Mer, Provence Population: 5,112 Located along the Cote d’Azur, Villefranche-sur-Mer is the quiet fishing village summer dreams are made of. Condé Nast Traveler, "17 Most Beautiful Small Towns in France," 17 July 2019 Mike had many wonderful memories of enjoying the Portuguese fishing village of Costa da Caparica, and the Belgian seaside town of Coxyde on the North Sea with his parents and grandparents., "Michael Anthony Joakim," 16 July 2019 In the 1960s Serbian archaeologists uncovered a Mesolithic fishing village nestled in steep cliffs on a bend of the Danube, near one of the river’s narrowest points. Andrew Curry, National Geographic, "The first Europeans weren’t who you might think," 12 July 2019 Spaghetti alla Nerano, named for a fishing village down the coast from Naples, tasted sweet and oily and oddly fishy and altogether off-putting. Bill Addison,, "The pizzeria in ‘Eat Pray Love’ has a new Hollywood knockoff. It’s a flop.," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of fishing

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Aug 2019

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The first known use of fishing was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of fishing

: the sport or business of catching fish

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