any of a family (Bramidae) of edible, marine percoid fishes
nounpl. pomfret, or pom·frets
- Either of two butterfishes of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Pampus argenteus or P. chinensis.
- Any of various edible marine fishes of the family Bramidae, having a blunt head and a compressed, usually black body.
Origin of pomfretEarlier pamflet, pomflet probably from Portuguese pampo, pombo, pamplo pompano, any of various other fishes, especially Stromateus fiatola ( probably from alteration of pâmpano ) ( perhaps ultimately from Latin pompilus pilot fish, any of various other fishes ) ( from Greek pompilos pilot fish ) ( from pompos escort ) ( or pompē act of escorting, procession ) ( both from pempein to escort ) -et or -let
(plural pomfret or pomfrets)