Definition of marlin in English:


Syllabification: mar·lin
Pronunciation: /ˈmärlən


  • A large edible billfish of warm seas that is a highly prized game fish and typically reaches a great weight.
    • Genera Makaira and Tetrapterus, family Istiophoridae: several species, including the striped marlin (T. audax)
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    • The blue marlin and its cousins, the white marlin, swordfish and sailfish, bring up the rear.
    • Although the crew reckoned it was a poor day, we still caught two good sailfish, a white marlin and a barracuda.
    • Billfish fall into four groups, treated under marlin, sailfish, spearfish, and swordfish.


early 20th century: from marlinspike (with reference to its pointed snout).

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