kingfish

noun
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

Examples of kingfish in a Sentence

as a kingfish in the state's political circles, he was accustomed to being courted by presidential hopefuls
Recent Examples on the Web The creative, well thought out menu includes classics with a focus on the highest quality ingredients such as chocolate-fed wagyu, and Australian kingfish. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 6 May 2022 That means the bait stealers and nuisance species will become less prevalent and fishing for species like whiting, also known as Gulf kingfish, will become hot, Thornton said. Frank Sargeant, al, 19 Sep. 2021 Other dishes incorporate oysters grown in the Arabian Gulf, edible flowers sourced from a desert garden, Emirati kingfish, and native desert plants, to name a few. Alicia Erickson, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Aug. 2021 The Altier Jewelers fishing crew had a successful day of fishing by reeling in a couple of cash Calcutta prizes and the heaviest kingfish of 36.4 pounds to earn over $8,000. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, 4 May 2021 Another angler hooked a kingfish off the Jupiter ledge that was in the 70-pound range but a shark cut it in half. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, 3 Dec. 2020 Lance Irvine was more accustomed to being one of the top kingfish tournament teams in the country, coming away with the top prize with a 201.3-pound catch to earn $4,000. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, 8 Oct. 2020 Native Sun was close behind with $21,603 in earnings and benefitted from bringing in the top kingfish at 43.7 pounds. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, 27 Aug. 2020 Brothers Gregory and Austin Jones are both registered to go after kingfish in the junior tournament, and were all smiles roaming around the grounds of the main rodeo on Friday. Michael Dumas, al.com, 20 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of kingfish

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

18 May 2022

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“Kingfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kingfish. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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