Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

falcon

play
noun fal·con \ˈfal-kən, ˈfȯl- also ˈfȯ-kən\

Simple Definition of falcon

  • : a type of hawk that can fly very fast and is sometimes trained to hunt

Full Definition of falcon

  1. 1 :  any of various hawks trained for use in falconry; especially :  peregrine falcon —used technically only of a female — compare tiercel

  2. 2 :  any of various hawks (family Falconidae) that have long pointed wings, a long tail, and a notched beak and that usually inhabit open areas

Illustration of falcon

Origin of falcon

Middle English faucoun, falcon, from Anglo-French faucon, from Late Latin falcon-, falco, probably from Latin falc-, falx


First Known Use: 13th century



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up falcon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 7, 2016

a slight offense

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

kittly-benders pince-nez spindrift duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ