gold·​fish | \ ˈgōl(d)-ˌfish How to pronounce goldfish (audio) \

Definition of goldfish

: a small usually golden-orange Asian cyprinid fish (Carassius auratus) often kept as an aquarium and pond fish

Examples of goldfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This viral video is the best reason to get 6,001 goldfish crackers out of the Pepperidge Farm section and into your life. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Talented Goldfish Cracker Goes Viral for Outdoing Itself With This Concert for 6,000 Other Fish," 26 Nov. 2019 They were supposed to only live for a few days like goldfish from a fair. Myrna Petlicki,, "Shout Out: Robin Margolis, actor," 12 Nov. 2019 When a greedy osprey kept diving for their expensive koi, the Bergers switched to goldfish, which the picky osprey won’t eat. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$950K log home is on 5 acres in Genoa Township gated community," 24 Oct. 2019 Thank the Chinese for today’s beloved aquarium mainstay, the goldfish. National Geographic, "Goldfish aren't the ho-hum fish you thought they were," 20 Oct. 2019 Children’s Librarian Allison Whiston was busy on a recent Saturday morning, putting animal crackers and goldfish in snack cups in the community room of the Killingly Public Library. Denise Coffey,, "Growing Up Wild At KPL," 14 Oct. 2019 Coyotes and horses, pillows, poodles and Bob's goldfish. Plus stars, magicians, dancers, wannabe dancers and stoned folk singers. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Wayne Fitzgerald, Prolific Main Title Designer, Dies at 89," 30 Sep. 2019 City officials take 1,000 feeder goldfish and put them in the Springdale Community Center Pool. USA TODAY, "Smokey Bear, tarantula trek, censoring Adam and Eve: News from around our 50 states," 9 Aug. 2019 The Tropical Room has a pond filled with koi, goldfish, and turtles, as well as banana trees, papaya trees, and Cycads, a plant species older than the dinosaurs. Myrna Petlicki,, "Have old-fashioned family fun at Oak Park Fall Fest," 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of goldfish

1752, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of goldfish was in 1752

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8 Dec 2019

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“Goldfish.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of goldfish

: a small usually orange fish that people often keep in ponds or in fishbowls or tanks as a pet


gold·​fish | \ ˈgōld-ˌfish How to pronounce goldfish (audio) \

Kids Definition of goldfish

: a small usually golden yellow or orange fish often kept in aquariums or ponds

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