Definition of pomfret in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpämfrət/ /ˈpɑmfrət/


  • A deep-bodied fish of open seas, which typically has scales on the dorsal and anal fins.

    Family Bramidae: several genera and species, including the edible Brama brama of the North Atlantic

    ‘These are followed by eight seafood items and covers salmon, lobster, snow fish, snapper, pomfret and sea bass.’
    • ‘Fish on offer include sea bass, grouper, pomfret, butter fish, snow fish, red snapper and tub tim.’
    • ‘Seer fish steaks and fillets pomfret and mackerel are for the taking.’
    • ‘The white pomfret is the most highly esteemed fish for serving at honorific meals in Malaysia, where the excess of demand over supply makes it expensive.’
    • ‘The fish in the market is good enough, the usual Indian blue-grey pomfret, giant eel and the area's famous prawns - after all we are not far from the sea - but we can do better.’
    • ‘We inspect live eels, snake fish and frogs at one stall, pomfret, prawns squid and parrot fish at another.’
    • ‘Her mom had made lip-smacking fried pomfrets and surmai curry.’
    • ‘The pomfret I had in India is close to impossible to find in the US, so I resolved to use pompano (which is close).’
    • ‘If you like seafood, go for the Baked pomfret with gooseberry sauce, or the Cornish buttered lobster, a simple recipe that brings out the full flavour of the lobster.’
    • ‘First the cook would bring a tankard of wonderfully thick, creamy chicken broth, then came the pomfret from Bombay - two pieces.’
    • ‘Next is fish, with six choices including garoupa, prawn, salmon and pomfret.’
    • ‘We have to wait for the dry season, when the white pomfret breed.’
    • ‘The dishes varied from grilled prawns and pomfret masala fried fish, part of nearly 60 varieties of food prepared by students of the college.’
    • ‘You can also get pomfret and sardines and prawns and crabs in some unusual dishes, which make good use of masalas of the west coast variety.’
    • ‘Don't expect to get a fried piece of pomfret or seerfish; but the sardines and mackerels fried in coconut oil would be tastier.’
    • ‘Nethili, kanava, pomfret, seer, crab, tiger prawn and sand lobster are cooked in Indian, Chinese styles, Kababs, deep-fried and dry-fried, a truly gastronomic delight.’
    • ‘They ordered the usual Hokkien staples - fish maw soup, hokkien mee (real one, the black type), sea cucumber with braised duck, steamed pomfret, and a partridge in a pear tree.’
    • ‘We ate good papri chaat and excellent little black hara kebabs made of spinach and green bananas and split peas and a good big tandoori pomfret, but Manpreet was unimpressed by the lifeless paneer pakora and found the chicken drab, too.’
    • ‘Enjoy exotic soups and then dig into lobsters, crabs, pomfret or prawns, if you favour seafood, for health or other reasons.’
    • ‘I found it strange, though not actively painful, to go four days in Chennai without anything more meaty than a slice of tandooried pomfret.’


Early 18th century apparently from Portuguese pampo.