Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A young Atlantic salmon on its first return from the sea to fresh or brackish waters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A young salmon after its first return from the sea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A young salmon after its first return from the sea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A young salmon on its first return to the river from the sea.

Etymologies

From Middle English grills, young salmon (pl.).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See gilse. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • "Intrepid anglers, travelling by train from St. John's and Port aux Basques, ate poached salmon and pan-fried grilse and char—sold by local fishermen to the railway cooks for nine cents a pound."
    —David Macfarlane, The Danger Tree, 62

    May 6, 2008