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
Recent Examples on the Web 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,, "Big Dog Tackle Kingfish Battle brings out the best in skilled anglers," 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,, "Young Guns fishing team reels in Swordfish championship," 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,, "78 fishing teams battle it out in Saltwater Showdown," 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,, "Fishing rodeo features big fish, crowds and smooth seas," 20 July 2019 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,, "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,, "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,, "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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“Kingfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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