[ sam-uh n ]
/ ˈsæm ən /

noun, plural salm·ons, (especially collectively) salm·on for 1–3.

a marine and freshwater food fish, Salmo salar, of the family Salmonidae, having pink flesh, inhabiting waters off the North Atlantic coasts of Europe and North America near the mouths of large rivers, which it enters to spawn.
any of several salmonoid food fishes of the genus Oncorhynchus, inhabiting the North Pacific.
a light yellowish-pink.


of the color salmon.

Origin of salmon

1200–50; Middle English salmoun, samoun < Anglo-French (Old French saumon) < Latin salmōn-, stem of salmō


salm·on·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for salmon

/ (ˈsæmən) /

noun plural -ons or -on

any soft-finned fish of the family Salmonidae, esp Salmo salar of the Atlantic and Oncorhynchus species (sockeye, Chinook, etc) of the Pacific, which are important food fishes. They occur in cold and temperate waters and many species migrate to fresh water to spawn
Australian any of several unrelated fish, esp the Australian salmon
short for salmon pink

Word Origin for salmon

C13: from Old French saumon, from Latin salmō; related to Late Latin salar trout