pilot fish

noun

Definition of pilot fish

: a pelagic carangid fish (Naucrates ductor) that has dark vertical stripes and often swims in company with a shark

Examples of pilot fish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That will be decided by the biggest of the big fish; the rest of us will follow, attaching like pilot fish. Richard E. Farley, Town & Country, "Now That The Four Seasons Is Closing, Where Will the Power Lunch Crowd Go Next?," 26 July 2015

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

First Known Use of pilot fish

1592, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pilot fish

Time Traveler for pilot fish

Time Traveler

The first known use of pilot fish was in 1592

See more words from the same year

Statistics for pilot fish

Cite this Entry

“Pilot fish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pilot%20fish. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on pilot fish

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with pilot fish

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about pilot fish

Comments on pilot fish

What made you want to look up pilot fish? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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