nounpl. or breams
- a European freshwater cyprinoid fish (Abramis brama)
- any of various porgy fishes (family Sparidae)
- any of a number of freshwater sunfishes, as the bluegill
Origin of breamMiddle English breme from Old French bresme from Frankish an unverified form brahsima: for Indo-European base see braid
Origin of breamfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps Dutch brem, furze (see bramble): burning furze was origin, originally used in process
nounpl. bream, or breams
- Any of various freshwater cyprinid fishes, especially Abramis brama of Eurasia, having a compressed silvery body.
- A similar fish, especially:a. Any of various marine fishes of the family Sparidae, such as a porgy or a sea bream.b. Any of various freshwater sunfishes of the family Centrarchidae, such as the bluegill.
Origin of breamMiddle English breme from Old French of Germanic origin
transitive verbbreamed, bream·ing, breams Nautical
Origin of breamFrom Middle Dutch brem(e) furze, broom
(plural bream or breams)
- A European fresh-water cyprinoid fish of the genus Abramis, little valued as food. Several species are known.
- (UK) A species in that genus, Abramis brama.
- An American fresh-water fish, of various species of Pomotis and allied genera, which are also called sunfishes and pondfishes.
- A marine sparoid fish of the genus Pagellus, and allied genera. See sea bream.
From Old French braisme (compare French brème), from Frankish *brahsima (compare Dutch brasem).
(third-person singular simple present breams, present participle breaming, simple past and past participle breamed)