Meaning of tench in English:


Pronunciation /tɛn(t)ʃ/

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nounplural noun tench

  • A European freshwater fish of the carp family, popular with anglers and widely introduced elsewhere.

    Tinca tinca, family Cyprinidae

    ‘This lake is mainly carp, with rudd, roach, eels and tench as back-up fish.’
    • ‘Across the way on Acorn Lakes, carp, skimmers, tench and crucians can be found.’
    • ‘The club has a lake stocked with fish such as perch, roach, tench, rudd, carp and pike.’
    • ‘Carp, bream and tench all figure in pleasure catches throughout the summer.’
    • ‘We had between us 7 carp, a 3lb tench and two roach.’
    • ‘The third lake is the smallest and is mainly stocked with crucian carp and tench.’
    • ‘Anglers were doing well for mixed bags of tench, carp, bream and a few roach.’
    • ‘Although we caught a few small carp, we mainly caught rudd and the odd tench.’
    • ‘A feeder angler was taking some nice tench and crucians on corn.’
    • ‘Experts will try to net all the native carp, bream and tench in the lake and take them to a fish farm.’
    • ‘All species feed well in the spring but the two that really start feeding are carp and tench.’
    • ‘Carp, tench and bream have really started to move in the last couple of days.’
    • ‘Carp, tench and bream have really come to life.’
    • ‘I particularly enjoyed our day on Miltons Lake where we each had over 1001b of crucians and tench.’
    • ‘There are a few koi, golden orfe and golden tench swimming about.’
    • ‘To cut a long story short, I could not get near the tench because of the bream.’
    • ‘Getting up at the crack of dawn wasn't much fun, but the tench fishing certainly was!’
    • ‘I have to admit that at the moment nothing excites me more than fishing for big tench.’
    • ‘I had fished this for carp, and caught quite a few tench on boiled baits and carp rigs.’
    • ‘Over the years roach and tench have found their way in.’


Middle English from Old French tenche, from late Latin tinca.