sword·​fish ˈsȯrd-ˌfish How to pronounce swordfish (audio)
: a very large scombroid fish (Xiphias gladius of the family Xiphiidae) that has a long swordlike beak formed by the bones of the upper jaw and is an important food and game fish

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The swordfish for the restaurant’s fish tacos is battered in a crisp masa shell, and a cream puff from pastry chef Derrick Flynn houses a masa diplomat cream. Kate Kassin, Bon Appétit, 31 Oct. 2022 An advance dispatch in the Philadelphia Inquirer promised 10 pineapples and as many dancing swordfish. Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2022 The NuLu location will add menu items like Cajun ribeye steaks, Creole-style swordfish and more seafood items, Matthews said. The Courier-Journal, 24 Oct. 2022 Experts were of mixed opinion on whether the clip showed a shark or another large fish, likely a swordfish. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 3 Oct. 2022 Sarah’s most impressive cooking feat was deboning an entire swordfish while still temporarily blinded from the pepper-spray challenge. Rebecca Turkewitz, The New Yorker, 1 Sep. 2022 Fu, Ree and Ruan – a expert harpooner with a killer instinct haunted by childhood memories as a war refugee – set out on an obsessive journey to catch and kill the giant swordfish. John Hopewell, Variety, 8 Aug. 2022 Pair with truffle risotto or even a spicy swordfish. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 22 May 2022 Oh, sure, the restaurant is a looker, and the kitchen grills a juicy swordfish. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 27 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of swordfish was in the 15th century

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“Swordfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swordfish. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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sword·​fish -ˌfish How to pronounce swordfish (audio)
: a very large ocean fish that has a long swordlike beak formed by the bones of the upper jaw and is an important food and game fish

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