marlin 1 [mahr-lin] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun, plural (especially collectively) mar·lin, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) mar·lins. any large, saltwater game fish of the genera Makaira and Tetrapterus, having the upper jaw elongated into a spearlike structure.
Origin of marlin 1 1915–20, Americanism; short formarlin 2 [mahr-lin] noun . Marlin [mahr-lin] noun a male given name. marline or mar·lin, mar·ling [mahr-lin] noun Nautical. small stuff of two-fiber strands, sometimes tarred, laid up left-handed. Origin of marline First recorded in 1375–1425, marline is from the late Middle English word merlin. See , Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for marlin Contemporary Examples of marlin
One more word about the mineral water industry in Marlin, Texas, and I was about to scream.
August 28, 2014
The dedication of State Department diplomats such as Marlin Hardinger—on his fourth year in Lashkar Gah—is breathtaking.
John Kael Weston
May 11, 2013
Historical Examples of marlin
Marlin are not food fish, and they are thrown to the sharks.
But there are no more fish there, except Marlin swordfish in August and September.
Very angry he was, and he reminded me of a Marlin swordfish.
No boatman fears a Marlin as he does the true broadbill swordfish.
All of which accounts for his quick conquering of a Marlin swordfish.
British Dictionary definitions for marlin marlin noun plural -lin or -lins any of several large scombroid food and game fishes of the genera Makaira, Istiompax, and Tetrapturus, of warm and tropical seas, having a very long upper jaw: family IstiophoridaeAlso called: spearfish Word Origin for marlin C20: from marlinespike; with allusion to the shape of the beak marline marlin less commonly marling (ˈmɑːlɪŋ) noun nautical a light rope, usually tarred, made of two strands laid left-handed Word Origin for marline C15: from Dutch marlijn, from marren to tie + lijn line Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for marlin n.
large marine game-fish, 1917, shortening of marlinspike fish (1907), from marlinspike, name of a pointed iron tool used by sailors (see). The fish was so called from the shape of its elongated upper jaw.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper