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Definition of fishmonger

chiefly British
: a fish dealer

Examples of fishmonger in a Sentence

You can get fresh cod at the fishmonger's.
Recent Examples on the Web The restaurant will also host a monthly supper club featuring dinners with Eataly butchers, fishmongers, cheesemongers and producers. Grace Wong,, "Spanish and Portuguese seafood restaurant and wine bar hits West Town, plus more Chicago restaurant news," 25 Oct. 2019 The best fishmongers use organizations like Seafood Watch and the certifying agencies as a starting point for finding their shrimp, then many add their own sets of criteria around chemical use and speed and quality of processing. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "What Are We Supposed to Think About Shrimp?," 15 Oct. 2019 These handsome fish capture our imaginations like no other, and the fishmongers have learned to stage a bit of showbiz flair to move their inventory. Corey Arnold, National Geographic, "Why wild salmon remains king in the Pacific Northwest," 27 Mar. 2019 My father bought it from the Portuguese fishmongers found in Kensington Market, the city’s immigrant enclave. 1843, "Why bacalhau will always taste like home," 31 Oct. 2019 Thousands of coho salmon and steelhead trout once spawned in the watershed, a bounty memorialized in the name Pescadero, Spanish for fishmonger. Peter Fimrite,, "Restoring a San Mateo County creek to keep new generations of fish thriving," 5 Nov. 2019 In 2014, a fishmonger named Meilech Schnitzler threw bleach into his face in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Linda Stasi, Harper's magazine, "Secrets and Lies," 16 Sep. 2019 Find a reliable seafood counter or store and get to know the fishmonger and their suppliers. Los Angeles Times, "The 3 best options for buying shrimp," 7 Aug. 2019 At the fish counter, each of the whole fish have candy googly eyes stuck on, because the fishmonger is kooky. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "What My Dream Grocery Store Looks Like," 3 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of fishmonger

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Fishmonger.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fishmonger

chiefly British : a person or shop that sells fish

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