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 The Dragons’ mantra this season: think like a goldfish and have the shortest memory possible. Matthew Doherty,, "No pause button for Nate Amado, Whitman-Hanson boys’ basketball in a riveting return," 15 Jan. 2021 The average lifespan of goldfish is between six to seven years, while those found in the wild can live up to 30 years, according to the United States Geological Survey. Wilson Wong, NBC News, "'Massive' goldfish weighing 9 pounds found in South Carolina lake," 8 Dec. 2020 That's what the parks workers did with the big goldfish. Marika Gerken, CNN, "Park workers found a goldfish in a lake. A 9-pound goldfish," 8 Dec. 2020 Then, this week, a huge consortium dropped an analysis of not only a strain of goldfish but 185 different strains. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "The weird genomes of domesticated fish," 6 Nov. 2020 Californians Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan were also known for their substantial animal brood that included dogs, cows, horses and goldfish. Kellie Hwang,, "The Bay Area is ‘ecstatic’ that Biden will bring first shelter dog to the White House," 8 Nov. 2020 The researchers also looked carefully at the genomes of egg goldfish, which no longer make a dorsal fin. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "The weird genomes of domesticated fish," 6 Nov. 2020 There were 23 goldfish and koi in the pond—most about a foot long. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Real-Estate Agents to the (Animal) Rescue," 29 Oct. 2020 In 2015, another soldier assigned to Fort Bragg, Matthew Tattersall, shared a photo that was widely spread on social media of him jumping with a goldfish in a water bottle. Rachael Riley, USA TODAY, "Army investigating TikTok video of paratrooper jumping with Ocean Spray cranberry juice," 27 Oct. 2020

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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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1 Feb 2021

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“Goldfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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