Definition of pompano in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpämpəˌnō/ /ˈpɑmpəˌnoʊ/


  • 1An edible butterfish that lives in shoals along the east coast of North America.

    Peprillus simillimus, family Stromateidae

    ‘The so-called California pompano is a common Pacific harvest fish.’
    • ‘Among these are the harvest fish (Peprilus alepidotus), an Atlantic species that usually grows to about 20 cm (8 inches) long; the Pacific pompano (Peprilus simillimus), a silvery Californian fish; and Pampus argenteus, a black-spotted, Oriental fish.’
  • 2

    another term for jack (sense 12)

    ‘Over the week they were rewarded by the sight of slumbering nurse sharks, moray eels, hawksbill turtles, stingrays, bounteous barracuda, big solitary midnight parrotfish and African pompano.’
    • ‘The hull is almost entirely covered with cave coral and the ship is home to a 60 kg grouper, along with schools of trevallies, barracudas and African pompanos.’
    • ‘One boat of women spent the day in the gulf rather than offshore and caught bonito, sierra mackerel, African pompano, yellow tails and, after an hour's fight, a stingray.’
    • ‘Schools of snappers and pompano blotted out the sparkling sun, while trevally and fusiliers whipped about in a frenzy.’
    • ‘Old ladies poke at pompano and snapper flopped whole on beds of melting ice in the fish markets.’
    • ‘Salmon, tuna, swordfish, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, pompano, bluefish - they're forgiving in the kitchen and big enough to take on some bigger beers.’
    • ‘The crew went out again a week later and caught a 14.6 kilo cobia, a 7.1 kilo cobia and a lot of queen fish and pompanos.’
    • ‘Most surf waders use elongated popping corks to keep shrimp suspended in the fast lane for quality fish such as trout, mackerel and pompano.’
    • ‘A 17 lb cobia was caught by Jan Anderson and two pompanos of 12 lb each were taken by Middy Campbell and Ray Milner.’
    • ‘They left the mainland shores at around 6 a.m. for a great day of fishing, resulting a large haul of barracuda, queen fish, jack fish, leather jack, snapper king mackerel and pompanos.’
    • ‘‘We've been seeing lots of pompano, sand trout, whiting - hundreds of whiting - sheepshead, flounder,’ Hicks said.’
    • ‘In three hours they had a nine-kilo cobia, a 10-kilo shovelhead ray, two very nice snapper, a nice queen and a pompano.’
    • ‘At some stages there were two and three fish on at a time, and by the time the day was over, they landed 26 queen fish and 4 pompano.’
    • ‘Additional fish caught on the day included 5 spotted emperors about 14 lb in weight, 2 pompano at 5 lb and 3 queen fish at 7 lb.’
    • ‘Also expect big pompano - these are basically a crevalle with teeth, but they hit plugs and sardines and go on line scorching runs.’
    • ‘The pomfret I had in India is close to impossible to find in the US, so I resolved to use pompano (which is close).’
    • ‘Yesterday a family trip took place on Bua's Dolphin with many small fish caught, a large ray lost after an hour's fight and two tasty pompano hauled in to grace the frying pan.’
    • ‘Bob Myers, from Leeds Yorkshire checked in with an 18 pound pompano for the catch of the day, while Frank Pickett, of Jersey came in second with a nice 15.6 pound queen fish.’
    • ‘For the Bull Ring team, Brian Renouf had an 8-pound pompano and Jim Randall a 6-pound cobia, for a grand total of 288 pounds of fish landed for the day's tournament.’
    • ‘Sounding like a dish right out of Bennigan's, puffed-rice-crusted fluke is an unexpected rush, the crust lending the fish the nutty appeal of the meatier pompano.’


Late 18th century from Spanish pámpano, perhaps from pámpana ‘vine leaf’, because of its shape.