1 [mahr-lin]
noun, plural (especially collectively) marlin (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) marlins.
any large, saltwater game fish of the genera Makaira and Tetrapterus, having the upper jaw elongated into a spearlike structure.

1915–20, Americanism; short for marlinespike Unabridged


2 [mahr-lin]


a male given name. Unabridged
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marlin (ˈmɑːlɪn)
n , pl -lin, -lins
Also called: spearfish any of several large scombroid food and game fishes of the genera Makaira, Istiompax, and Tetrapturus, of warm and tropical seas, having a very long upper jaw: family Istiophoridae
[C20: from marlinespike; with allusion to the shape of the beak]

marline, (less commonly) marlin or (less commonly) marling (ˈmɑːlɪn, ˈmɑːlɪŋ)
nautical a light rope, usually tarred, made of two strands laid left-handed
[C15: from Dutch marlijn, from marren to tie + lijn line]
marlin, (less commonly) marlin or (less commonly) marling
[C15: from Dutch marlijn, from marren to tie + lijn line]
marling, (less commonly) marlin or (less commonly) marling
[C15: from Dutch marlijn, from marren to tie + lijn line]

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Word Origin & History

"large marine game-fish," 1917, shortening of marlinspike "pointed iron tool used by sailors to separate strands of rope" (1626), from M.Du. marlijn "small cord," from marlen "to fasten or secure (a sail)," probably freq. of M.Du. maren "to tie, moor." The fish was so called from the shape of its elongated
upper jaw.
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Example sentences
Although swordfish were certainly considered edible, tuna and marlin were
  thought of as strictly objects of the hunt.
After eighty-four luckless days a marlin strikes his bait a hundred fathoms
  below the boat.
The catch can include sailfish, marlin, tuna and many other species.
Trolling with artificial or real squid is a common technique for catching big
  game fish, such as marlin.
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