noun, often attributive
lob·​ster | \ˈläb-stər \

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 \ adjective

Examples of lobster in a Sentence

I had lobster for dinner.

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Beef, and steak specifically, is the main attraction, with varying cuts, add-ons including foie gras and lobster tail, and eight sauces to accompany it. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Restaurants in Charleston," 2 May 2018 The menu starts off with steamed lobster tails with New England clam chowder sauce followed by hickory grilled bison with red potato horseradish cake and wild huckleberry reduction. House Beautiful, "The Inaugural Ceremony: What to Expect from the Luncheon," 17 Jan. 2013 There's talk of flying lobsters, attempts to impress a date gone wrong, and a rather unfortunate smoothie incident. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Things You Should Never, Ever Do in a Restaurant: Travelogue Podcast," 14 Sep. 2018 Besides the lobster, grouper, and other fresh-caught fish, the local specialty is conch. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Vacation Like the Royal Family in the Bahamas," 30 Aug. 2018 Wicked Maine Lobster, serving Maine lobster rolls, macaroni and cheese, clam bake, shrimp baskets and chowder. Roger Showley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Little Italy Food Hall opening Thursday," 5 July 2018 Though the special does not have an official end day, the spokesperson reveals that the lobster and waffles will only be available for a limited time. Ana Calderone, PEOPLE.com, "Red Lobster Announces Lobster and Waffles Made with Their Cheddar Bay Biscuits Batter," 26 Mar. 2018 Sauté for about 1 minute, making sure the lobster is fully coated with butter. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Lobster Bisque from Alex Hitz," 14 Nov. 2013 Tater tots with caviar, miniature lobster rolls, and wagyu beef tacos were just some of the bites to indulge in. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Kim Kardashian West Celebrate Tiffany & Co.’s Newest Collection," 10 Oct. 2018

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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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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 \

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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