herring

noun
her·​ring | \ ˈher-iŋ How to pronounce herring (audio) , ˈhe-riŋ \
plural herring or herrings

Definition of herring

1 : either of two food fishes (genus Clupeus):
a : one (C. harengus) that is abundant in the temperate and colder parts of the North Atlantic and that in the adult state is preserved by smoking or salting and in the young state is extensively canned and sold as sardines
b : one (C. pallasi synonym C. h. pallasi) of the North Pacific harvested especially for its roe
2 : any of a large family (Clupeidae) of soft-finned bony fishes (such as the herrings, shads, sardines, and menhadens) that have a laterally compressed body and a forked tail and usually occur in schools

Examples of herring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, 19% of European herring are exported yearly to the Ukrainian market, while fish feed is widely arriving from this country. Daniela De Lorenzo, Forbes, 7 July 2022 The company, which produces 12- and 24-ounce jars of marinated herring, will keep its headquarters in Milwaukee County. Tom Daykin, Journal Sentinel, 6 July 2022 Togiak fish can weigh from 14 ounces to nearly one pound, compared to 4 to 5 ounces for other herring. Laine Welch | Fish Factor, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Mar. 2022 The company, which produces 12- and 24-ounce jars of marinated herring, will keep its headquarters in Milwaukee County. Tom Daykin, Journal Sentinel, 6 July 2022 The company, which produces 12- and 24-ounce jars of marinated herring, will keep its headquarters in Milwaukee County. Tom Daykin, Journal Sentinel, 16 June 2022 Most of the herring is frozen whole and shipped out in 15-pound bags to secondary processors in Seattle or Asia, and then sent to Japan. Laine Welch | Fish Factor, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Mar. 2022 Business/Economy Frigid February fishing in Alaska features crabbing from the Panhandle to the Bering Sea, followed in March by halibut, black cod and herring. Laine Welch | Fish Factor, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Feb. 2022 Katsura imports about 300 shipping containers of products a year, including Eastern European juices, teas, herring, soda and sunflower seeds. NBC News, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of herring

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for herring

Middle English hering, from Old English hǣring; akin to Old High German hārinc herring

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The first known use of herring was before the 12th century

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7 Aug 2022

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“Herring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herring. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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herring

noun
her·​ring | \ ˈher-iŋ How to pronounce herring (audio) \

Kids Definition of herring

: a fish of the northern Atlantic Ocean that is often used for food

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