beggar's chicken


Definition of beggar's chicken

: a traditional Chinese dish of marinated and stuffed chicken wrapped in lotus leaves and roasted in a shell of clay

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of beggar's chicken

1961, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about beggar's chicken

Statistics for beggar's chicken

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for beggar's chicken

The first known use of beggar's chicken was in 1961

See more words from the same year

Comments on beggar's chicken

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


to move or obtain by small maneuvers

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!