: dried codfish that has been soaked in a water and lye solution before cooking

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That applies to much of the native fare, too: intense rye bread, piquant pickled herring, and the ever-polarizing lutefisk, which is lye-treated whitefish. Liza Weisstuch, Washington Post, 22 May 2020 Even the gelatinous pleasures of Scandinavian lutefisk or Chinese century eggs have their devotees. Nicola Twilley, Wired, 1 Apr. 2020 Hjelle has never gone ice fishing and will not eat lutefisk, two Minnesota traditions. Henry Schulman,, 29 Feb. 2020 The homegrown concoction is a sequel to Yellow Tree’s original ode to lutefisk and lizards, true love and tater tots and small-town Minnesota. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, 24 Nov. 2019 Geneva's Swedish Days is back with all the returning favorites, from lutefisk to the craft brew tent, from June 20-25. Annie Alleman, Elgin Courier-News, 8 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lutefisk.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History


Norwegian, from lute to wash in lye solution + fisk fish

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lutefisk was in 1924

Dictionary Entries Near lutefisk

Cite this Entry

“Lutefisk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.