Meaning of “whale” in the English Dictionary


"whale" in English

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whalenoun [ C ]

uk /weɪl/ us /weɪl/

B1 a very large sea mammal that breathes air through a hole at the top of its head


Examples from literature

  • Blue whales are the largest and loudest animals in the world. 
  • Do you think whales or people are more dangerous to sharks? 
  • Is your dream vacation watching whales jump out of the ocean while you swim? 
  • Other whales can hear it thousands of kilometers away. 
  • The blue whale eats more than 3,000 kilograms of fish every day. 
  • The tongue of the blue whale is so big that 50 people can stand on it! 
  • Then the whale eats all the fish. 
  • These ecosystems have many different kinds of ocean life, including whales and turtles. 
  • Whales and dolphins look like fish, but they’re really mammals! 

(Definition of “whale” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"whale" in American English

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whalenoun [ C ]

us /hweɪl, weɪl/

a very large sea mammal


(Definition of “whale” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)