Definition of zander in English:



  • A large predatory freshwater perch native to northern and central Europe, where it is a valuable food fish. It has been introduced into Britain and western Europe.

    Also called pikeperch
    • ‘If you can speak French, aim to stress that you have absolutely no intention of fishing for pike, zander and perch.’
    • ‘Although the water may look well coloured and in turmoil, fish like the zander are able see the slightest movement and you will catch fish.’
    • ‘This lake is a traditional mixed fishery with a large head of carp, tench, bream, roach, perch, rudd, crucian carp, pike and zander.’
    • ‘These slim bodied fish are easy for the zander to handle and are also the dominant fish species in their favoured environments.’
    • ‘He is already drooling about a woman who prepares a zander - a variety of pike perch - in a red wine sauce.’
    • ‘All the usual varieties were laid out - zander, whitefish, trout and taimen.’
    • ‘I remember catching numerous zander to about six pounds, plus a few pike and eels along the way.’
    • ‘Does it not stand to reason that if a zander comes across a small fish which it can take easily the more likely your hooks are going to be inside its mouth?’
    • ‘As the Cut Off was the first venue I fished for zander it will always have a special appeal, but sentimentality aside, it is well worth a visit.’
    • ‘This meadow is probably one of the prime zander venues on the river, and it also produces quality catfish on a regular basis.’
    • ‘Now I have to admit, I had never caught a European zander, although I had caught their close colonial cousins, the walleye.’
    • ‘Successful bait was a near dead zander of about 2 pounds.’
    • ‘It is a good time to talk about the welfare of our pike and zander stocks.’


Mid 19th century: from German Zander.