bird of passage

noun phrase

Definition of bird of passage

1 : a migratory bird
2 : a person who leads a wandering or unsettled life

First Known Use of bird of passage

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About bird of passage

Time Traveler for bird of passage

Time Traveler

The first known use of bird of passage was in 1633

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near bird of passage

bird of paradise

bird of passage

bird of prey

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for bird of passage

Cite this Entry

“Bird of passage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bird%20of%20passage. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on bird of passage

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for bird of passage

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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