Definition of pilotfish in English:



  • 1A fish of warm seas that is often seen swimming close to large fish such as sharks and sometimes turtles and boats, said to lead sharks to prey.

    • ‘A solitary pilotfish raced to keep station at its nose.’
    • ‘The script cheats somewhat, the pilotfish / shark subplot loses its bite and the writers' imagination suffers from rising damp.’
    • ‘With hordes of yellow pilotfish bouncing off its nose, and longer than I am tall, it could have sucked me into its maw in one watery gasp.’
  • 2Someone who guides someone else.

    ‘pilotfish who counsel both predator and quarry in mergers’