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

Definition of cockerel

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

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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 Arrive on the hour to watch bears (the city’s symbol), a cockerel, jester and other characters strike bells and spin around. Mary Forgione,, "As we prepare to fall back, here are seven great clocks of the world," 29 Oct. 2017 More recent designs include the cockerel, marking the Year of The Rooster. Oscar Holland, CNN, "Stamp depicting warheads pointed at Capitol Hill features in the latest designs from North Korea," 16 July 2017 As brilliant as the role of the cockerel is, the ballet belongs to them. Marina Harss, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Golden Cockerel’ at American Ballet Theater Honors Its Origins JUNE 7, 2016," 1 June 2016 The golden cockerel perched on its old-fashioned soccer ball gleamed in the autumn sunshine. Peter Berlin,, "EPL Notes: Tottenham bids farewell to White Hart Lane with win over Manchester United," 15 May 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of cockerel

: a young male chicken

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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