Definition of tench in US English:



  • A European freshwater fish of the minnow family, popular with anglers and widely introduced elsewhere, including several US states.

    Tinca tinca, family Cyprinidae

    • ‘We had between us 7 carp, a 3lb tench and two roach.’
    • ‘Over the years roach and tench have found their way in.’
    • ‘To cut a long story short, I could not get near the tench because of the bream.’
    • ‘Across the way on Acorn Lakes, carp, skimmers, tench and crucians can be found.’
    • ‘The club has a lake stocked with fish such as perch, roach, tench, rudd, carp and pike.’
    • ‘A feeder angler was taking some nice tench and crucians on corn.’
    • ‘The third lake is the smallest and is mainly stocked with crucian carp and tench.’
    • ‘Anglers were doing well for mixed bags of tench, carp, bream and a few roach.’
    • ‘Carp, tench and bream have really come to life.’
    • ‘Although we caught a few small carp, we mainly caught rudd and the odd tench.’
    • ‘I particularly enjoyed our day on Miltons Lake where we each had over 1001b of crucians and tench.’
    • ‘I have to admit that at the moment nothing excites me more than fishing for big tench.’
    • ‘There are a few koi, golden orfe and golden tench swimming about.’
    • ‘I had fished this for carp, and caught quite a few tench on boiled baits and carp rigs.’
    • ‘This lake is mainly carp, with rudd, roach, eels and tench as back-up fish.’
    • ‘Experts will try to net all the native carp, bream and tench in the lake and take them to a fish farm.’
    • ‘Carp, tench and bream have really started to move in the last couple of days.’
    • ‘All species feed well in the spring but the two that really start feeding are carp and tench.’
    • ‘Carp, bream and tench all figure in pleasure catches throughout the summer.’
    • ‘Getting up at the crack of dawn wasn't much fun, but the tench fishing certainly was!’


Middle English: from Old French tenche, from late Latin tinca.