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kestrel

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noun kes·trel \ˈkes-trəl\

Definition of kestrel

  1. :  any of various small chiefly Old World falcons (genus Falco) that usually hover in the air while searching for prey: as a :  a common Eurasian falcon (F. tinnunculus) b :  an American falcon (F. sparverius) having a reddish-brown back and tail and bluish-gray wings



Origin of kestrel

Middle English castrel, from Middle French crecerelle, from crecelle rattle; from its cry


First Known Use: 15th century


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