kingfish

noun
king·​fish | \ˈkiŋ-ˌfish \

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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Benny Townend was the runner-up with a 20.1-pound kingfish, while Ahmad Vazquez finished in third place with a 19.6-pound black fin tuna. Emmett Hall, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Anglers face Extreme Kayak Fishing Summer Slam fishing competition," 21 July 2017 Most of the top teams weighed four kingfish and four blackfin tunas. Steve Waters, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Seapremacy wins Saltwater Shootout," 13 May 2017 Martin McKinney had the top kingfish at 32.5, Mark Baniewicz had the heaviest wahoo at 29.6 and Mark Bonutti was the top junior angler with a 10.7 king. Steve Waters, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Stagnone and Cove win Snakehead Round-Up," 23 May 2017

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First Known Use of kingfish

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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