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 Toppings include veggies like broccoli, jalapeños, mushroom, and corn, as well as proteins like chicken, bacon, short ribs, and lobster. al, "Win Valentine’s Day by gifting a Birmingham-made sweet," 11 Feb. 2020 Specials include lobster macaroni and cheese, jumbo lump crab cakes, surf and turf with Black Angus filet and king crab legs, seafood stew and classic tiramisu. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "Plan a special Valentine’s Day meal at one of these D-FW restaurants," 7 Feb. 2020 The 4-course menu plus snacks and mignardise includes truffled Paris gnocchi with lobster, crispy chicken skin, sunchokes and wild watercress. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "We can't keep these Cincinnati pop-up restaurants a secret anymore," 31 Jan. 2020 So are flutes of champagne and big casseroles full of lobster mac and cheese. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The holiday food events in Indianapolis you don't want to miss this Christmas," 21 Nov. 2019 Guests will find dishes like lobster mac and cheese, made with Gruyere cheese; and smoked chicken wings rubbed in Jamaican jerk and orange mojo sauce. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: Aspiring young chefs master the art of pasta making," 25 July 2019 The menu is not overwhelming, with an assortment of snacks preceding specialties and hearty sides including the decadent lobster mac and cheese offered. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Blu, the Restaurant to open in former Moxie space (photos, video)," 4 July 2019 Offerings include sriracha lobster mac, crispy duck wings, and short rib tacos. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "Wellington, Florida Travel Guide: How to Enjoy the Winter Equestrian Festival—and More!," 13 Mar. 2017 There will also be a food menu with decadent bar snacks including lobster wellington prawn tempura, truffle gouères, and Claridge’s canapeės. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Christian Louboutin Designs a Showstopping Christmas Tree for Claridge's," 22 Nov. 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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21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lobster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lobster. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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