Gordon setter


Gor·​don setter ˈgȯr-dᵊn- How to pronounce Gordon setter (audio)
: any of a breed of large bird dogs of Scottish origin that have a long flat black-and-tan coat

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Examples of Gordon setter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another friend named a Gordon setter Alf, owing to his resemblance to the ’80s sitcom alien. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 12 July 2023 The Old Man nodded at Mister Howard and winked when the Gordon setter dived back into the bush. Field & Stream, 31 Dec. 2020 Mac, the Gordon setter, rounded him up for me in a patch of bush. Field & Stream, 31 Dec. 2020 In the 1930s, Jude Howard and his brothers had a Gordon setter whom their father named Dogue, after the Native Americans of Virginia and Maryland. John Kelly, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2020

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Word History


Alexander, 4th Duke of Gordon †1827 Scottish sportsman

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Gordon setter was in 1865

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“Gordon setter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Gordon%20setter. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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