carrier pigeon


: a pigeon used to carry messages
especially : homing pigeon
: any of a breed of large long-bodied show pigeons

Examples of carrier pigeon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Craig Thompson, a two-decade veteran of the Arrowhead School Board, tried everything short of a carrier pigeon to get ahold of WisRed, an organization that arose four years ago in Waukesha County to wield enormous sway in the outcomes of local elections. Rory Linnane, Journal Sentinel, 18 Apr. 2024 During World War I and World War II, carrier pigeons were used to transport secret messages from combat zones to their home coops. Cathy Free, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2024 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 Editors, Popular Mechanics, 6 June 2021 The foregoing alternative: point-to-point claim submission via carrier pigeon. Seth Joseph, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 The royal family has owned pigeons at Sandringham for decades, according to the Royal Pigeon Racing Association — which notes that pigeons from the royal loft were used as carrier pigeons to deliver messages during World War I and World War II before returning to racing. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2024 In the Internet age, the American footie fans who once survived on scraps—the Bundesliga highlights that popped up late at night on PBS, the news that made its way across the Atlantic via word of mouth and carrier pigeon—have become voracious and sophisticated connoisseurs of the global game. Jody Rosen, The New Yorker, 23 July 2023 Animals were everywhere during World War I. Sixteen million non-human animals were sent into the service: trench dogs that hunted rats; carrier pigeons; and even a baboon named Jackie, who served as a private in the Third South African Infantry Regiment. Nick Yetto, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 June 2023 Charles Manson Sent by carrier pigeon. Katie Barsotti, The New Yorker, 5 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of carrier pigeon was in 1644

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“Carrier pigeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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