king·​fish | \ ˈkiŋ-ˌfish How to pronounce kingfish (audio) \

Definition of kingfish

1 : any of several marine croakers (family Sciaenidae): such as
a : any of three fishes (Menticirrhus americanus, M. littoralis, and M. saxatilis) of shallow coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean
b : a small silvery food and sport fish (Genyonemus lineatus) of inshore waters especially of California

called also white croaker

3 : an undisputed master in an area or group

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Examples of kingfish in a Sentence

as a kingfish in the state's political circles, he was accustomed to being courted by presidential hopefuls
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First Known Use of kingfish

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Kingfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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