noun pi·geon \ˈpi-jən\

Definition of PIGEON

:  any of a widely distributed family (Columbidae, order Columbiformes) of birds with a stout body, rather short legs, and smooth and compact plumage; especially :  a member of any of numerous varieties of the rock dove that exist in domestication and in the feral state in cities and towns throughout most of the world
:  a young woman
:  an easy mark :  dupe

Origin of PIGEON

Middle English, from Anglo-French pygoun, pijun, from Late Latin pipion-, pipio young bird, from Latin pipire to chirp
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl

Rhymes with PIGEON



Definition of PIGEON

:  an object of special concern :  accepted business or interest <tennis was not his pigeon>

Origin of PIGEON

alteration of pidgin
First Known Use: 1826
PIGEON Defined for Kids


noun pi·geon \ˈpi-jən\

Definition of PIGEON for Kids

:  a bird with a plump body, short legs, and smooth feathers and especially one that is a variety of the rock dove and is found in cities throughout the world
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