Definition of marlin in English:

marlin

noun

  • A large edible billfish of warm seas that is a highly prized game fish and typically reaches a great weight.

    • ‘The riskiest fish are large and predatory such as tuna, marlin and swordfish.’
    • ‘The blue marlin and its cousins, the white marlin, swordfish and sailfish, bring up the rear.’
    • ‘Although the crew reckoned it was a poor day, we still caught two good sailfish, a white marlin and a barracuda.’
    • ‘Billfish fall into four groups, treated under marlin, sailfish, spearfish, and swordfish.’
    • ‘In turn, the squid is preyed upon by large fish such as marlin and swordfish, and it's a main staple of sperm whales.’

Origin

Early 20th century: from marlinspike (with reference to its pointed snout).

Pronunciation:

marlin

/ˈmärlən/