lob·​ster ˈläb-stər How to pronounce lobster (audio)
often attributive
: any of a family (Nephropidae and especially Homarus americanus) of large edible marine decapod crustaceans that have stalked eyes, a pair of large claws, and a long abdomen and that include species from coasts on both sides of the North Atlantic and from the Cape of Good Hope
lobsterlike adjective

Illustration of lobster

Illustration of lobster
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Examples of lobster in a Sentence

I had lobster for dinner.
Recent Examples on the Web Lobster bouillabaisse pie is served family style with the head and tail of an entire lobster rising from the pot’s edges. Laurie Ochoa, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2024 There are upwards of 30 galleries in town, interspersed amongst the quintessential gift boutiques, fudge shops, and lobster shacks. Amy Thomas, Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2024 If all that seems too much, order the fresh and light lobster salad ($42.95). Luisita Lopez Torregrosa, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 Cans of imitation crab still include a small percentage of shellfish such as King Crab meat, and additional flavors or extracts of crab and lobster. Erin Hooker, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Apr. 2024 By comparison, a Powerball player has a far better chance of being attacked by a grizzly bear at Yellowstone National Park — about 1 in 2.7 million, according to the National Park Service — or of finding a blue lobster in the ocean (1 in 2 million). Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 1 Apr. 2024 The lobster industry in the state has been in flux for a decade as lobster populations move north toward Canada and away from the United States in search of cooler waters—the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99% of the world's ocean surface, according to the University of New England. Mary Whitfill Roeloffs, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 For a big group — or a hungry couple — a popular choice is the King’s Seafood Boil, with lobster tails, peel-and-eat shrimp, sausage, potatoes and Dungeness crab legs, boiled and tossed in garlic butter seasoning ($119.95). Valeriya Safronova, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2024 The eels were worth $2,009 a pound last year — more than 400 times more than lobster, Maine's signature seafood. Patrick Whittle, Quartz, 14 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Middle English, from Old English loppestre, from loppe spider

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lobster was before the 12th century

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“Lobster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lobster. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


lob·​ster ˈläb-stər How to pronounce lobster (audio)
: any of several large edible marine crustaceans with stalked eyes, a pair of large claws, and a long abdomen
also : spiny lobster

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