Definition of calamari in US English:


(also calamares)


  • Squid served as food.

    • ‘The grilled calamari was much better, although our waiter forgot the crucial lemon wedge and had to go elbowing back through the crowd to retrieve it.’
    • ‘Octopus and calamari become lush and pliant when grilled and tossed with tender hearts of palm and chickpeas.’
    • ‘I had the calamari served with a spicy tomato sauce for €8.’
    • ‘Nico's is really only a notch up from cheap and cheerful, but does deliver some great Italian staple dishes such as minestrone, calamari and spaghetti Bolognese.’
    • ‘Half my guests don't eat meat and are more than happy to devour black empanaditas filled with calamari plied with saffron and squid ink.’
    • ‘Though the calamari was served with a nicely spicy dipping sauce, the squid rings themselves were dry and chewy and generally unappealing.’
    • ‘I had the mussels in the coconut laksa, Mara had the calamari salad.’
    • ‘The food is an exotic mix of tapas and dim sum, so you eat chorizo and calamari one minute, spring rolls and satay the next.’
    • ‘The calamari, grilled and served with a mango salsa, were delicate and tasty instead of the greasy breaded offerings you often get at other places.’
    • ‘Every few days I would go to the beach and spend hours on end surfing and getting tanned and going to the seafood shop and buying calamari and oysters and clams to eat.’
    • ‘The shop is well stocked with variety of fish and seafood products including processed seafood, from calamari to haddock and prawns.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, my dinner date didn't eat fish or seafood, so the garlic shrimp, rice and seafood croquettes, fried calamari and sardines all had to go unsampled.’
    • ‘We ordered the calamari served with chilli mayonnaise and a wedge of lemon, which was so good that I ordered another portion.’
    • ‘The fried calamari, served with garlic mayo, were lightly breaded, nice and peppery but a little too salty.’
    • ‘A list of tapas includes garlic shrimp or mushrooms, rice and seafood croquettes, fried calamari and sardines.’
    • ‘The buffet is packed with stuff like sirloin, pork, shrimp, calamari, chicken, andouille and smoked sausage, as well as hamburger and hot dogs.’
    • ‘Crunchy and greaseless calamari are dunked in a lime-miso sauce that could be used throughout the meal.’
    • ‘Grilled calamari are skewered like shish kebabs, with densely flavorful cherry tomatoes.’
    • ‘A big steak, calamari, or tofu could provide the amino acids and experience could provide the understanding of when to stop.’
    • ‘Across the table it was a case of menu envy, as calamari was served tossed in salad, with salt and pepper dressing.’
    • ‘Mackerel tipped with a big strip of squid works well, as will a whole small calamari squid.’
    • ‘Nada prepared great garlicky fish steaks, cuttlefish pasta, seafood risotto, grilled mullet, calamares and creamy fish pâté. Everything was caught from the waters surrounding the lighthouse and served with fresh vegetables.’
    • ‘Sure enough, at nine o'clock sharp, a man who looked very much like a fisherman walked in bearing assorted calamari, shellfish and prawns on a large plastic tray.’
    • ‘We thanked him again, and then we proceeded to order an appetizer of fried calamari, a Caesar salad that we could split and our meals.’
    • ‘The calamari, aka baby squid, were fresh and perfectly cooked, leaving me without the familiar and unpleasant sensation of biting into a tire.’


Italian, plural of calamaro, from medieval Latin calamarium ‘pen case’, from Greek kalamos ‘pen’ (with reference to the squid's long tapering internal shell and its ink). The variant calamares is Spanish.