• enPR: să'mən, IPA: /ˈsæmən/
  • (Southern US, sometimes) IPA: /ˈsælmən/
  • (Canada) IPA: /ˈsɑmən/

salmon (plural salmon)

  1. One of several species of fish, typically of the Salmoninae subfamily, brownish above with silvery sides and delicate pinkish-orange flesh; they ascend rivers to spawn.
    Synonyms: lax
  2. (plural salmons) A pale pinkish-orange colour, the colour of cooked salmon.
    Synonyms: salmon pink
  3. The upper bricks in a kiln which receive the least heat.
  4. (Cockney rhyming slang) snout (tobacco; from salmon and trout)
    • 1992, The Shamen (band), Ebeneezer Goode (song)
      Got any salmon?
Related terms Translations Translations
  • French: saumon
  • German: lachsfarben, lachsfarbig, lachsrot, lachsrosa
  • Italian: salmone
  • Portuguese: salmão
  • Russian: оранжево-ро́зовый цвет
  • Spanish: salmón

salmon (not comparable)

  1. Having a pale pinkish-orange colour.
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 155:
      Smiley and Guillam perched disconsolately beneath it, on a bench of salmon velvet.
  • German: lachsfarben
  • Portuguese: salmão
  • Russian: оранжево-ро́зовый
  • Spanish: asalmonado, salmón

salmon (salmons, present participle salmoning; past and past participle salmoned)

  1. (slang, intransitive) To ride a bicycle the wrong way down a one-way street.
    • 2014: "[|Don't Salmon, Don't Shoal: Learning The Lingo Of Safe Cycling]" by Marc Silver, NPR
      Some cities discourage salmoning with clever signage, like this in London: "If you can read this you are biking the wrong way."

Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A city in Lemhi County, Idaho, situated on the Salmon River, after which it was probably named.

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