pl. -·rings or -·ring
any of various clupeid fishes; esp., a small, silvery food fish (Clupea harengus) of northern seas that is canned as a sardine
Origin of herringMiddle English hering ; from Old English hæring, akin to German hering
nounpl. herring herring or her·rings
Any of various silvery fishes of the family Clupeidae, especially the commercially important Clupea harengus of the northern Atlantic Ocean and C. pallasii of the northern Pacific Ocean.
Origin of herringMiddle English hering, from Old English h&aemac;ring.
- A surname.