Definition of kelt in US English:

kelt

noun

  • A salmon or sea trout after spawning and before returning to the sea.

    • ‘It is sometimes claimed large trout caught in February are being illegally taken as kelts.’
    • ‘A number of kelts have recently been caught on the Yorkshire Ouse system.’
    • ‘Smaller fish and kelt must be thrown back immediately.’
    • ‘They have enjoyed eating pike, dace, salmon kelt, trout and lots of perch.’
    • ‘If I have kept abreast of the frequent developments on the Tay, then you may not fish with bait early in the season to limit the damage done to kelts before they return, and this is only good sense.’

Origin

Middle English: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

kelt

/kɛlt//kelt/