cocker spaniel

noun

cock·​er spaniel ˈkä-kər- How to pronounce cocker spaniel (audio)
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: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The 26-year-old lives in a one-bedroom apartment with this 10-year-old cocker spaniel, Willy. Mithil Aggarwal, NBC News, 7 Nov. 2022 According to The Washington Post, the Queen is survived by four dogs: one dorgi, one cocker spaniel, and two Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 9 Sep. 2022 In addition to her human family, Elizabeth is survived by two corgis, a dorgi, and a cocker spaniel. Samya Kullab, Chicago Tribune, 11 Sep. 2022 In addition to her human family, Elizabeth is survived by two corgis, a dorgi, and a cocker spaniel. Samya Kullab, Fortune, 11 Sep. 2022 Prince William and Kate Middleton have a cocker spaniel named Orla from one of Kate's brother James's litters and the Sussexes have really upped the ante with three dogs of their own. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 10 Oct. 2022 At home, Kate and Prince William have a cocker spaniel named Orla. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 6 Oct. 2022 Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the Princess of Wales, have continued the royal tradition of having dogs with their cocker spaniel Orla. Alexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 9 Sep. 2022 Charles and Camilla share two rescue dogs, Jack Russell Terriers named Beth and Bluebell, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge own a cocker spaniel named Orla – who even tagged along to William's charity polo match in July. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 26 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

cocking woodcock hunting

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cocker%20spaniel. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

cocker spaniel

noun
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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