Definition of gourami in US English:


nounPlural gouramis

  • A small, brightly colored Asian labyrinth fish, popular in aquariums. It builds a nest of bubbles, which is typically guarded by the male.

    Belontiidae and related families: several species

    • ‘We have a freshwater fish tank community of tetras, catfish, gouramis and loaches.’
    • ‘Blue Gouramis are among those fish who possess a labyrinth organ, which allows them to breath air directly.’
    • ‘If you want a somewhat larger Gourami in your aquarium, the Moonlight Gourami is a good option.’


Late 19th century: from Malay gurami.