carrier pigeon

noun

Definition of carrier pigeon 

1 : a pigeon used to carry messages especially : homing pigeon

2 : any of a breed of large long-bodied show pigeons

Examples of carrier pigeon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

These supplies, ranging from M-4 tanks, 240-mm howitzers and flame throwers, to bazookas, razor blades, and carrier pigeon free, were moved by ships on a rigid timetable. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2017 The footage of that incident wasn’t sent by carrier pigeon from the International Space Station; it was recorded on a police bodycam and was available immediately. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Sterling Brown Video Proves Once and for All That There Is No Such Thing as ‘Good Cops’," 24 May 2018 Strange to think of a form of love going extinct, like a carrier pigeon, a rare tortoise, a lilac or apple whose seeds are not to be found anymore, the scent and taste of the thing long lost, never to be touched again. Longreads, "The Ladies Who Were Famous for Wanting to Be Left Alone," 17 Apr. 2018 The British send Alan Bates, who trains carrier pigeons, to defuse the works. Charles Champlin, latimes.com, "More than 50 years later, 'The King of Hearts' remains a sadly apt take on war and madness," 8 Mar. 2018 According to legend, carrier pigeons brought news of the Duke of Wellington’s triumph at Waterloo to Nathan Rothschild in London. The Economist, "Forecasting congressional votes could yield juicy returns," 28 Feb. 2018 Right below the Villa's observatory, there once stood a bird coop for Gianni's many carrier pigeons. Sara Tardiff, ELLE Decor, "7 Haunting Secrets About The Versace Mansion," 16 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'carrier pigeon.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of carrier pigeon

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about carrier pigeon

Share carrier pigeon

Statistics for carrier pigeon

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for carrier pigeon

The first known use of carrier pigeon was in 1647

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for carrier pigeon

carrier pigeon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of carrier pigeon

: a type of pigeon that is trained to carry messages

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on carrier pigeon

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with carrier pigeon

Spanish Central: Translation of carrier pigeon

Nglish: Translation of carrier pigeon for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about carrier pigeon

Comments on carrier pigeon

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

WORD OF THE DAY

a typical or ideal example

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
True or False

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

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

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

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!