fish·​mong·​er | \ ˈfish-ˌmäŋ-gər How to pronounce fishmonger (audio) , -ˌməŋ-\

Definition of fishmonger

chiefly British
: a fish dealer

Examples of fishmonger in a Sentence

You can get fresh cod at the fishmonger's.

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The fish come from a Basque fishmonger who prepares the anchovies on the boat as soon as they’re caught, painstakingly removing the bones with tweezers. New York Times, "A Young Chef Swims Up-Seine in Paris," 5 May 2018 Visit artisan cheese purveyors, butchers, and fishmongers to sample local Ottawa ingredients, or head to La Bottega Nicastro for a made-to-order sandwich on their fresh herbed focaccia, served up from their bustling back counter. Destination Canada, Bon Appetit, "A Cyclist’s Guide to Ottawa’s Culinary Scene," 9 Apr. 2018 Nearby, Les Halles food market is a food festival — crammed with butchers, fishmongers, pastry specialists, cheese shops and colorful produce stands, with a mix of food stands and mini restaurants. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Loving Lyon: France’s culinary capital is off the tourist path," 20 Feb. 2019 Ten years ago, a single stall would go for €100,000 to €150,000, according to the Rialto fishmongers. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "As Venice Natives Vanish, Life Drains From an Ancient Market," 22 Dec. 2018 Consider eating among the locals at fish restaurant Le Bocal, tucked in the back of a fishmonger, and the funky, deli-style wine shop and wine bar Au Bon Manger. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Beginner's Guide to Visiting Champagne," 7 Sep. 2018 Or, ask your fishmonger for a sustainably fished local alternative of the appropriate size and grandeur. Elizabeth G. Dunn And Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Battle for Thanksgiving Heats Up," 31 Oct. 2018 Buying Poor-Quality Fish When at the fish counter or fishmonger, consider your salmon options carefully. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "Learn How to Cook Salmon by Avoiding These 6 Common Mistakes," 9 Jan. 2018 If your fishmonger steers you away from buying something, be sure to listen. Nicole Sours Larson,, "White fish & vegetables," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of fishmonger

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fishmonger

chiefly British : a person or shop that sells fish

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