From Middle English breme, from Old French breme, bresme, braisme, brasme (whence French brème), from Frankish *brahsma, *brahsima (whence Dutch brasem), from Proto-West Germanic *brahsmō (whence Old High German brahsma, brahsmo, brahsina, brehsina (whence German Brasse, Brachse (“bream”))), from Proto-Germanic *brahsmǭ, *brahsinō, *brahsmaz (“bream”), perhaps from Proto-Germanic *brehwanaz (“shining, glittery, sparkly”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerek- (“to shine”) (see braid (verb)).
- (UK) IPA(key): /bɹiːm/
- Rhymes: -iːm
- (US) IPA(key): /bɹɪm/, /bɹim/
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- Rhymes: -ɪm
- Homophone: brim
bream (plural bream or breams)
- A European fresh-water cyprinoid fish of the genus Abramis, little valued as food. Several species are known.
- (Britain) A species in that genus, Abramis brama.
- Synonym: carp bream
- An American fresh-water fish, of various species of Lepomis and allied genera, which are also called sunfishes and pondfishes.
- A marine sparoid fish of the genus Pagellus, and allied genera.
- (nautical) To clean (e.g. a ship's bottom of clinging shells, seaweed, etc.) by the application of fire and scraping.