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 On Wednesday, a college at the University of Cambridge staged a ceremony acknowledging the official return of a bronze statue of a cockerel to Nigeria's National Commission for Museums and Monuments. Luke Mcgee, CNN, 31 Oct. 2021 On Wednesday, Jesus College Cambridge will hand over a statue of a cockerel -- a young rooster -- to Nigeria's National Commission for Museums and Monuments. Guy Davies, ABC News, 27 Oct. 2021 Last year second-home owners on the Ile d’Oléron, off the west coast, brought a case against a cockerel for crowing too early. The Economist, 20 June 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 10 Nov. 2019 See More

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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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“Cockerel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cockerel. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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