salm·​on | \ ˈsa-mən How to pronounce salmon (audio) \
plural salmon also salmons

Definition of salmon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a large anadromous salmonid fish (Salmo salar) of the North Atlantic noted as a game and food fish

called also Atlantic salmon

b : any of various anadromous salmonid fishes other than the salmon especially : pacific salmon
c : a fish (such as a barramundi) resembling a salmon
2 : the variable color of salmon's flesh averaging a strong yellowish pink


geographical name
Salm·​on | \ ˈsa-mən How to pronounce Salmon (audio) \

Definition of Salmon (Entry 2 of 2)

river 420 miles (676 kilometers) long in central Idaho flowing into the Snake River

Examples of salmon in a Sentence

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In medium bowl, stir together goat cheese, butter, smoked salmon, lemon juice, and pepper until very well blended. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Keto Smoked Salmon Fat Bombs," 12 Sep. 2019 Candace Clement is the franchisee of the restaurant, which offers options such as salmon, Wagyu beef, chicken and falafel Off The Hook, a Cajun restaurant franchise, has opened its first Texas location at 125 Remington Valley Drive. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Retail wrap: Power center headed to Aliana; Urban Harvest kicks off new Farmers Market," 16 Aug. 2019 The nigiri selections at Feng, notable more by virtue of freshness than bold flavors, included Faroe Island salmon, buttery and fatty, adorned with fried shiso and a mint-like leaf; and a simple nigiri made with Japanese scallops from Hokkaido. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: Regal dining at Feng Chophouse in Hartford (but for a king’s ransom)," 8 Aug. 2019 Large fish species, such as sturgeons, salmons, and giant catfishes, are particularly threatened, with a 94 percent population decline. Stefan Lovgren, National Geographic, "Earth’s largest freshwater creatures at risk of extinction," 8 Aug. 2019 The company is quick to point out that its salmon are antibiotic free. Los Angeles Times, "Data rigging is latest Chile salmon farm scandal," 4 Aug. 2019 Other foods, like Brussels sprouts, onions, garlic, curry, salmon, and alcohol, can have a similar effect. Samantha Lauriello,, "9 Causes of Smelly Urine—and What to Do About It," 31 July 2019 If your salmon is less than 1 inch thick, start checking for doneness early. Washington Post, "For this roasted salmon, skip the butter and go for relish," 29 July 2019 In a bowl, gently mix the salmon, minced shallot and avocado. Chris Ross, Twin Cities, "Housemade teriyaki shines in salmon poke recipe," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of salmon


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for salmon


Middle English samon, from Anglo-French salmon, samon, from Latin salmon-, salmo

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English Language Learners Definition of salmon

: a large fish that is born in streams but that lives most of its life in the ocean and that is commonly used for food


salm·​on | \ ˈsa-mən How to pronounce salmon (audio) \

Kids Definition of salmon

: a fish with reddish or pinkish flesh that is often caught for sport or food and lives most of its life in the ocean but swims up rivers or streams as an adult to deposit or fertilize eggs

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