pom·​fret ˈpäm-frət How to pronounce pomfret (audio)
: any of a family (Bramidae) of usually deep-bodied spiny-finned oceanic fishes some of which are used for food
: a silvery deep-bodied marine food fish (Pampus argenteus of the family Stramateidae) of Asia

Examples of pomfret in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, the pomfret weighed in at 26 pounds, 11.4 ounces, beating the International Game Fish Association World Record set in 2004. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 28 June 2023 His mother made curries with fried pomfret, the food of home, while his father handled the foods of the West: lobster thermidor, spaghetti Bolognese and burgers on the grill. J. J. Goode, New York Times, 13 June 2023 Town-Wide Tag Sale POMFRET — Pomfret's 11th annual town-wide tag sale will take place at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 6. Courant Community, 4 May 2017

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Word History


alteration of earlier pamflet, probably from French pample, from Portuguese pampo

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of pomfret was in 1703

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“Pomfret.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pomfret. Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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