cocker spaniel

noun
cock·​er spaniel | \ ˈkä-kər- How to pronounce cocker spaniel (audio) \

Definition of cocker spaniel

2 : 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 But a rare one, too, in offering up a protagonist who is not a princess or a mermaid or a purebred cocker spaniel, but a warrior in the most genuine sense of the word. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Disney's live-action Mulan is a sweeping, somber epic: Review," 3 Sep. 2020 James recently appeared on BBC's Sunday Morning Live to speak about his struggles with depression and how his dogs — particularly his black cocker spaniel Ella — have helped him. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "James Middleton Always Sings This Disney Song When He Takes His Dogs on a Bike Ride!," 21 Aug. 2020 Neither Abigail Ladwig nor her dog, a gold and tan cocker spaniel mix, have been seen since then, according to the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sawyer County officials are searching for 3-year-old girl missing since Sunday evening," 10 Aug. 2020 The cocker spaniel belonging to the white woman who called police on Christian Cooper, a black man who was bird-watching in Central Park in May, has been returned to her. Laura Ly, Amir Vera And Brian Ries, CNN, "Dog returned to white woman who called police on black man bird-watching in Central Park," 5 June 2020 Christian Cooper, a black man, had asked her to put a leash on her cocker spaniel in an area where dogs aren’t allowed to run free. Sridhar Natarajan, Fortune, "Why Citi’s CFO decided to speak out about George Floyd’s death," 2 June 2020 By contrast Stephen Charlton, who breeds Cockapoos (cocker spaniel-poodle crosses, pictured), does not screen his customers’ grammar. The Economist, "The dog business Rising puppy prices," 28 May 2020 Buffett chides CEOs for wanting cocker spaniels Buffett often uses his annual letter to talk not just about Berkshire, but also the wider corporate environment. Dallas News, "Warren Buffett calls this Fort Worth company a ‘lead dog’ in Berkshire Hathaway’s portfolio," 24 Feb. 2020 Any dog can participate in this category, including mixed breeds, but the most common breeds are border collies, golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, cocker spaniels and papillions. Mallika Kallingal, CNN, "Dogs get ready to bow and wow at the Westminster dog show," 8 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of cocker spaniel

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cocker spaniel

cocking woodcock hunting

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9 Sep 2020

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“Cocker spaniel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cocker%20spaniel. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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cocker spaniel

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English Language Learners Definition of cocker spaniel

: a type of small dog that has long ears and long fur

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