kingfish

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noun king·fish \ˈkiŋ-ˌfish\

Definition of kingfish

  1. 1 :  any of several marine croakers (family Sciaenidae)a :  any of three fishes (Menticirrhus americanus, M. littoralis, and M. saxatilis) of shallow coastal waters of the Atlantic Oceanb :  a small silvery food and sport fish (Genyonemus lineatus) of inshore waters especially of California —called also white croaker

  2. 2 :  king mackerel

  3. 3 :  an undisputed master in an area or group

Examples of kingfish in a Sentence

  1. as a kingfish in the state's political circles, he was accustomed to being courted by presidential hopefuls

1750

First Known Use of kingfish

1750



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