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 pomp&emacron;, act of escorting, procession, both from pempein, to escort) + –et or –let.
(plural pomfret or pomfrets)