Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “herring”


noun [C/U]    /ˈher·ɪŋ/
a long silver fish that swims in large groups in the sea and is used as food
(Definition of herring noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of herring

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Sea fish, but you might be interested in these topics from the Fish, Reptiles, Insects and Other Animals topic area:

More American English definitions for “herring”

Definitions of “herring” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

work out

to exercise in order to improve the strength or appearance of your body

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More