Definition of pickerel in US English:



  • 1A small North American pike.

    Genus Esox, family Esocidae: several species, including the grass (or redfin) pickerel (E. americanus)

    • ‘Other common fish inhabiting the pond were largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides, chain pickerel Esox niger, golden shiners Notemigonus crysoleucas, and fathead minnows Pimephales promelas.’
    • ‘Think of the superb species of fish that come from our coastal waters - salmon, cod, halibut, lobster and sole - added to the freshwater fish such as pickerel, shellfish and whitefish.’
    • ‘They are E. americanus americanus, commonly known as the redfin pickerel, and E. americanus vermiculatus, known better as the grass pickerel.’
    • ‘The skate was wonderfully tender and moist, and the Manitoba pickerel was a real delight - it's very delicate, so pan-frying is the right method for cooking it.’
    • ‘‘Funny,’ I said, ‘I remember catching pickerel and perch, and at night listening to Uncle Joe's great ghost stories.’’
    1. 1.1North American
      another term for walleye (sense 2)
    2. 1.2 A young pike.


Middle English: diminutive of pike.