cocker spaniel


cock·​er spaniel ˈkä-kər- How to pronounce cocker spaniel (audio)
: any of a breed of spaniels developed in the U.S. from the English cocker spaniel that are smaller in size and have a shorter muzzle and longer thicker coat

Examples of cocker spaniel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her hometown of State College, Pa., knew her for stopping traffic in her pink Cadillac to chat with friends and for throwing birthday bashes for her beloved cocker spaniels. Sarah Wyman, Scientific American, 27 June 2024 In October, the couple found out that their first child soon will join the family, which includes a chihuahua and a cocker spaniel mix rescue dog. Stacy Suaya, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2024 Dogs with long ears, such as beagles or cocker spaniels, are more prone to ear infections, the American Kennel Club reports. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 3 June 2024 Jameson’s lawyer argued that her client breeds English cocker spaniels on the property and had passed all health inspections. Brian Niemietz, New York Daily News, 29 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for cocker spaniel 

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Word History


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First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cocker spaniel was in 1829

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“Cocker spaniel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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cocker spaniel

cock·​er spaniel ˌkäk-ər- How to pronounce cocker spaniel (audio)
: any of a breed of small spaniels with long drooping ears and long silky coat

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