Definitions for oysterˈɔɪ stər

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word oyster

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

oys•terˈɔɪ stər(n.)

  1. any of several edible, marine, bivalve mollusks of the family Ostreidae, having an irregularly shaped shell.

    Category: Invertebrates

  2. the oyster-shaped bit of dark meat in the front hollow of the pelvic bone of a fowl.

  3. Informal. a closemouthed or uncommunicative person.

    Category: Status (usage)

  4. something from which one may extract or derive advantage:

    The world is my oyster.

  5. (v.i.)to dredge for or otherwise take oysters.

Origin of oyster:

1325–75; ME oistre < OF (F huître ) < L ostrea < Gk óstreon, akin to óstrakon (see ostracize )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. oyster(noun)

    marine mollusks having a rough irregular shell; found on the sea bed mostly in coastal waters

  2. huitre, oyster(noun)

    edible body of any of numerous oysters

  3. oyster(verb)

    a small muscle on each side of the back of a fowl

  4. oyster(verb)

    gather oysters, dig oysters

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. oyster(noun)ˈɔɪstɚ

    a shellfish with a jagged shell that can be eaten


  1. oyster(Noun)

    Any marine bivalve mollusk of the Family Ostreidae, usually found adhering to rocks or other fixed objects in shallow water along the seacoasts, or in brackish water in the mouth of rivers.

  2. oyster(Noun)

    A name popularly given to the delicate morsel of dark meat contained in a small cavity of the bone on each side of the lower part of the back of a fowl.

  3. oyster(Noun)

    A person who keeps secrets and private information to him- or herself.

  4. oyster(Verb)

    To fish for oysters.

  5. oyster(Adjective)

    Of a pale beige colour tinted with grey or pink, like that of an oyster.

  6. Origin: ostre, from ostrea; reinforced or superseded in by oistre, from oistre, uistre (modern French huître), also from ostrea, from ὄστρεον.


  1. Oyster

    The word oyster is used as a common name for a number of distinct groups of bivalve molluscs which live in marine or brackish habitats. The valves are highly calcified. Some kinds of oysters are commonly consumed, cooked or raw, by humans as a delicacy. Other kinds, such as pearl oysters, generally not eaten by humans, are harvested for the pearl produced within the mantle.

Anagrams of oyster

  1. storey, Troyes

  2. Storey

Translations for oyster

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a type of shellfish eaten as food, and from which pearls are got.

Get even more translations for oyster »


Find a translation for the oyster definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these oyster definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"oyster." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 19 Dec. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for oyster?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for oyster: