mar·​lin | \ ˈmär-lən How to pronounce marlin (audio) \

Definition of marlin

: any of several large marine billfishes (genera Makaira and Tetrapturus) that are notable sport fishes

Examples of marlin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No marlin were caught in the tournament, which was Saturday and Sunday. Steve Waters,, "Post-full moon fishing yields nice wahoos," 18 July 2017 Florida angler hauls in 771-pound blue marlin Howard, of Boone, Iowa, was fishing on Rathbun Lake in Appanoose County, Iowa, in the southern part of the state. Aaron Young, USA TODAY, "'Huge' snake steals, eats fish caught by fisherman," 6 July 2017 The menu nods to the exhaustive selections of traditional cantinas and to a restaurant-savvy clientele (the meatballs are topped with bone marrow; the flautas filled with stewed marlin), meticulously prepared but with respectfully few modern twists. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "Bartola," 13 Apr. 2017 Here, the world’s top blue-water hunters, Melani among them, dive for prized pelagics, such as tuna, marlin, wahoo, and other deep-water predators. Logan Ward, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Father-Daughter Spearfishing Trip in Mexico," 6 June 2017 A splash of tart habanero salsa didn’t hurt the marlin at all. Jonathan Gold,, "Jonathan Gold considers his favorite dishes from Food Bowl 2017," 26 May 2017 Phillip Heasley, fishing aboard the Kallianassa out of Naples, Fla., had caught the only white marlin entered into the tournament. Todd Masson,, "$2.8 million fishing-tourney prize to be settled in court: report," 23 May 2017 Overfishing has depleted 90 percent of large fish, such as tuna, swordfish, marlin, cod, halibut, skates, and flounder. National Geographic, "John Kerry Says Saving the Oceans Is a ‘Life or Death’ Issue," 16 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of marlin

1917, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marlin

short for marlinspike; from the appearance of its beak

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“Marlin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of marlin

: a large fish that lives in the sea and that people catch for sport

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