snap·​per | \ ˈsna-pər How to pronounce snapper (audio) \
plural snappers

Definition of snapper

1 : one that snaps: such as
a : something (such as a remark) that gives new orientation to a situation or utterance

2 plural also snapper

a : any of numerous active carnivorous fishes (family Lutjanidae) of warm seas important as food and often as sport fishes
b : any of several immature fishes (such as the young of the bluefish) that resemble a snapper

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The calamari is great fried; branzino, snapper, and scallops are best grilled; and the clams should always be baked. Ali Francis, Vogue, "7 Long Island City Restaurants You Should Try Before, Well, Amazon," 20 Nov. 2018 Less a bar than a break-off room for smokers and selfie snappers, the indoor greenery speaks to the exotic gardens of the Mediterranean coast and the mountains surrounding nhow Marseille. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "At the Nhow Marseille Hotel in France, Italian Furniture and Local Grit Lead the Design," 22 Oct. 2018 Don't miss the striking nigiri of kinmadai (golden-eye snapper) seared on its skin side, with a haunting note of smoked soy. Houston Chronicle, "Alison Cook's Top 10 Houston restaurants," 10 May 2018 On a recent visit, horsehead snapper was buttery with perfectly crisped skin. Melinda Joe, Condé Nast Traveler, "34 Best Restaurants in Tokyo," 2 Mar. 2018 Try this glaze on: Shrimp, black bass, or snapper fillets, chicken pieces, or lamb chops. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Grilled Salmon Steaks with Cilantro-and-Garlic Yogurt Sauce," 28 May 2018 The beer complements the Gulf Coast cooking of chef Jeff Balfour, whose fried snapper throats could be called chicken of the sea. Mike Sutter, WSJ, "The Best Under-the-Radar Food Destination in the U.S.," 19 Oct. 2018 These were clothes for street style snappers—not shrinking violets. Vogue, "Designers Opt for Opulence Over Minimalism on the Second Day of Oslo Runway," 16 Aug. 2018 Every spot on an active roster is valuable, and yet every team reserves one solely for a long snapper. Jacob Feldman,, "Giants Cut Brandon Marshall, Sparking Dez Bryant Discussion," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of snapper

circa 1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of snapper was circa 1587

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English Language Learners Definition of snapper

: a type of fish that lives in the ocean and that is eaten as food
American football : the player who passes the ball to another player at the start of a play


snap·​per | \ ˈsna-pər How to pronounce snapper (audio) \

Kids Definition of snapper

2 : an active fish of warm seas that is caught for sport and food

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