Meaning of herring in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhɛrɪŋ/

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  • A fairly small silvery fish which is most abundant in coastal waters and is of widespread commercial importance.

    Clupea and other genera, family Clupeidae (the herring family): several species, in particular (C. harengus), of the North Atlantic. The herring family also includes the sprats, shads, and pilchards

    ‘Like anchovies and herrings, they are small, primitive fish belonging to the group known as clupeoids.’
    • ‘These fatty acids are found in oily fish such as herring, mackerel, sardines, salmon and trout.’
    • ‘The two largest and most important of the herrings were probably blueback herring (A. aestivalis) and hickory shad (A. mediocris).’
    • ‘He must have loads of hilarious anecdotes about pickled herrings and jellied eels.’
    • ‘The bulk of the diet of large congers is made up of small fish, from cod and hake in deep water to mackerel and herring in shallow water.’
    • ‘A classic Japanese cooking technique, therefore, is to simmer strong fish such as herring and mackerel in sake.’
    • ‘The moon shone like herrings in the water.’
    • ‘Mrs Ward was reputed to have the best herrings outside the fish markets in Dublin and Wicklow.’
    • ‘The pier, which has been disused for many years, was built during the herring fishing boom in the early 1900s.’
    • ‘The growth of the herring fishing industry in the 19th century put the Broch firmly on the map.’
    • ‘Forget salmon, the herring is the sea king for these oceanically compromised times.’
    • ‘When a humpback is corralling herring and other fishes, the net may be 150 feet wide.’
    • ‘One never wanted to eat anything but herrings; another ate only sole.’
    • ‘Whales and dolphins have followed the herring and sprat shoals into the harbour.’
    • ‘I had the Russian blinis: buckwheat pancakes served with gravlax, prawns, herring roll mops and two superb garnishes of chopped herrings - one with whole grain mustard, the other with mayonnaise.’
    • ‘Like many great European cities, Stockholm has a vibrant café culture where the residents indulge their love of cold Pilsner (not as expensive as you might think) and pickled herrings.’
    • ‘Sophie Grigson makes a Germanic salad with beetroot, potato, pickled herrings, hard-boiled egg, onion and chopped cornichons, bound together with mayo.’
    • ‘He is said to have died of a surfeit of Rhenish wine and pickled herrings, though it may more likely have been plague, of which there was a severe outbreak in 1592.’
    • ‘There were also some roasted peppers in oil and tons of garlic, and a very tempting looking plate of pickled herrings.’
    • ‘This used to be the best time to catch fat, oily herrings to kipper.’


Old English hǣring, hēring, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch haring and German Hering.