Definition of margate in US English:



  • A deep-bodied grayish fish that typically occurs in small groups in warm waters of the western Atlantic.

    Two species in the family Pomadasyidae: Haemulon album, a large grunt that is an important food fish, and the mainly nocturnal black margate (Anisotremus surinamesis)

    • ‘Margates at Fernando de Noronha play a shadow game with divers’
    • ‘The wrecks are home to a wide variety of corals and marine life including angelfish, barracudas, margates, sharks, snappers and turtles.’
    • ‘In the W. Atlantic, the largest grunt is Haemulon album, the margate, greyish in general colour and an important food fish.’


Mid 18th century: of unknown origin.