cockerel

noun
cock·​er·​el | \ ˈkä-k(ə-)rəl How to pronounce cockerel (audio) \

Definition of cockerel

: a young male of the domestic chicken (Gallus gallus)

Examples of cockerel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fights are now limited to 12 minutes — 10 minutes for younger cockerels — or less if a bird stays down for 60 seconds. BostonGlobe.com, "Breeding aggressive roosters to fight, often to the death, for the sake of gambling and entertainment is barbaric, said Yolanda Álvarez, the former director of the Humane Society of Puerto Rico, who is working on a doctoral thesis on the history of cockfighting on the island.," 10 Nov. 2019 The fights are now limited to 12 minutes — 10 minutes for younger cockerels — or less if a bird stays down for 60 seconds. BostonGlobe.com, "Breeding aggressive roosters to fight, often to the death, for the sake of gambling and entertainment is barbaric, said Yolanda Álvarez, the former director of the Humane Society of Puerto Rico, who is working on a doctoral thesis on the history of cockfighting on the island.," 10 Nov. 2019 The fights are now limited to 12 minutes — 10 minutes for younger cockerels — or less if a bird stays down for 60 seconds. BostonGlobe.com, "Breeding aggressive roosters to fight, often to the death, for the sake of gambling and entertainment is barbaric, said Yolanda Álvarez, the former director of the Humane Society of Puerto Rico, who is working on a doctoral thesis on the history of cockfighting on the island.," 10 Nov. 2019 The fights are now limited to 12 minutes — 10 minutes for younger cockerels — or less if a bird stays down for 60 seconds. BostonGlobe.com, "Breeding aggressive roosters to fight, often to the death, for the sake of gambling and entertainment is barbaric, said Yolanda Álvarez, the former director of the Humane Society of Puerto Rico, who is working on a doctoral thesis on the history of cockfighting on the island.," 10 Nov. 2019 The fights are now limited to 12 minutes — 10 minutes for younger cockerels — or less if a bird stays down for 60 seconds. BostonGlobe.com, "Breeding aggressive roosters to fight, often to the death, for the sake of gambling and entertainment is barbaric, said Yolanda Álvarez, the former director of the Humane Society of Puerto Rico, who is working on a doctoral thesis on the history of cockfighting on the island.," 10 Nov. 2019 The fights are now limited to 12 minutes — 10 minutes for younger cockerels — or less if a bird stays down for 60 seconds. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "The Last Days of Legal Cockfighting in Puerto Rico," 9 Nov. 2019 Footix, 1998 This cockerel was France's World Cup mascot. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "World Cup mascots through the years, from Zabivaka to World Cup Willie," 13 June 2018 Earrings made from the heads of red-legged honeycreeper birds were enormously popular in the 1870s, and an iridescent cape from the 1890s made of cockerel and pheasant feathers reflected a continued fascination with plumage. Susan Delson, WSJ, "Fashion’s Glorification—and Devastation—of Nature," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cockerel

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cockerel

Middle English cokerelle, from Anglo-French cokerel, diminutive of coc

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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cockerel.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cockerel. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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cockerel

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English Language Learners Definition of cockerel

: a young male chicken

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