noun \ˈplüm\

: a feather or group of feathers on a bird

: a decoration made of feathers or something similar

: something (such as smoke, steam, or water) that rises into the air in a tall, thin shape

Full Definition of PLUME

:  a feather of a bird: as
a :  a large conspicuous or showy feather
b :  contour feather
c :  plumage
d :  a cluster of distinctive feathers
a :  material (as a feather, cluster of feathers, or a tuft of hair) worn as an ornament
b :  a token of honor or prowess :  prize
:  something resembling a feather (as in shape, appearance, or lightness): as
a :  a plumose appendage of a plant
b :  an elongated and usually open and mobile column or band (as of smoke, exhaust gases, or blowing snow)
c :  an animal structure having a main shaft bearing many hairs or filamentous parts; especially :  a full bushy tail
d :  any of several columns of molten rock rising from the earth's lower mantle that are theorized to drive tectonic plate movement and to underlie hot spots

Examples of PLUME

  1. a hat with bright ostrich plumes
  2. <the Nobel Prize for Literature is the plume that all authors covet>

Illustration of PLUME

Origin of PLUME

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pluma small soft feather — more at fleece
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale



Definition of PLUME

transitive verb
a :  to provide or deck with feathers
b :  to array showily
:  to indulge (oneself) in pride with an obvious or vain display of self-satisfaction
of a bird
a :  to preen and arrange the feathers of (itself)
b :  to preen and arrange (feathers)

Examples of PLUME

  1. <that jerk plumes himself on his supposed athletic skills>

First Known Use of PLUME

15th century

Other Birds Terms

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


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