noun, often attributive
lob·​ster | \ ˈläb-stər How to pronounce lobster (audio) \

Definition of lobster

1 : 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

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Other Words from lobster

lobsterlike \ ˈläb-​stər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce lobsterlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of lobster in a Sentence

I had lobster for dinner.
Recent Examples on the Web Antoni would then eat potato wedges with oregano and lemon, seared halloumi with cherry tomatoes, fennel gratin, a rack of lamb cooked specifically by his dad and a lobster roll. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "10 things we learned at the 2019 azcentral Wine & Food Experience," 4 Nov. 2019 They are then made into his fabulous lobster rolls. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Brecksville LobsterFest -- another delicious success: Talk of the Towns," 25 Oct. 2019 My perfect day would be a family drive onto the beautiful beach in our Jeep to enjoy a picnic with lobster rolls. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At ... Gurney's Resorts Montauk," 17 Sep. 2019 The menu includes roasted chicken, steak frites, burgers and lobster rolls. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "David Chang’s Fuku fried chicken is (almost) here, L.A.," 16 Sep. 2019 The overdressed twin mini-lobster rolls can’t compete with the New England originals. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "The Oyster Bar and Grill at Harrah’s Las Vegas: Splurge-worthy decadent dining," 12 Nov. 2019 His plates are lush and accomplished: poached lobster ceviche, in particular, is a knockout. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look: Politan Row dining hall in Rice Village," 7 Nov. 2019 Fishing crews had hauled millions of pounds of lobster from the gulf, reveling in historic catches. Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, "The sea ice used to protect them. Now their island is crumbling into the sea.," 1 Nov. 2019 One fall dinner featured roasted lamb belly, wagyu beef, and lobster risotto, edited by touches like pickled squash and fermented honey. Chris Malloy, Condé Nast Traveler, "An Ambitious Culinary Resort Has Landed in Arizona’s High Desert," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of lobster

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

History and Etymology for lobster

Middle English, from Old English loppestre, from loppe spider

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

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28 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Lobster.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lobster. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of lobster

: an ocean animal that has a long body, a hard shell, and a pair of large claws and that is caught for food
: the meat of the lobster eaten as food


lob·​ster | \ ˈläb-stər How to pronounce lobster (audio) \

Kids Definition of lobster

: a large edible sea animal that is a crustacean with five pairs of legs of which the first pair usually has large claws

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