from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several widely distributed marine fishes of the family Scombridae, especially the Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus), an important food fish having dark wavy bars on the back and a silvery belly.
- n. Any of the smaller fishes of the suborder Scombroidea, such as the Spanish mackerel.
- n. Any of various similar fishes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An edible fish of the family Scombridae, often speckled.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pimp; also, a bawd.
- n. Any species of the genus Scomber of the family Scombridae, and of several related genera. They are finely formed and very active oceanic fishes. Most of them are highly prized for food.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of several different fishes of the family Scombridæ, and especially any fish of the genus Scomber.
- n. The bonito, Sarda chilensis.
- n. The common mackerel of next to the smallest of the four commercial sizes (large, seconds, tinkers, blinks), which are supposed to indicate respectively four, three, two, and one years of growth.
- n. (See also frigate-mackerel.)
- To fish for or catch mackerel; go on a mackerel voyage.
- n. A pander or pimp.
- n. In Australia, a fish, Scomber antarcticus, Castln., similar to the chub mackerel, Scomber Japonicus, Houttuyn; in New Zealand, Scomber australasious, Cuv. and Val.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. flesh of very important usually small (to 18 in) fatty Atlantic fish
- n. any of various fishes of the family Scombridae
Middle English makerel, from Old French maquerel.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French maquerel, from a Germanic source. (Wiktionary)