con·​dor | \ ˈkän-dər How to pronounce condor (audio) , -ˌdȯr How to pronounce condor (audio) \

Definition of condor

1a : a very large American vulture (Vultur gryphus) of the high Andes having the head and neck bare and the plumage dull black with a downy white neck ruff and white patches on the wings

called also Andean condor

2 plural condors or condores\ kən-​ˈdȯr-​ˌās How to pronounce condor (audio) \ : a coin (such as the centesimo of Chile) bearing the picture of a condor

Examples of condor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The last condor was officially released on July 14, 2022, totaling four birds restored — three males and one female. Fox News, 19 July 2022 By the 1980s, the wild condor population dwindled to just 22 birds. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 Gomez was convicted of 16 felony counts, including arson, throwing rocks at a vehicle and 11 counts of cruelty to animals involving condor deaths. CBS News, 8 Apr. 2022 An oceanographer by training, Vilchis sees the condor as inseparable from the health and future of our ocean. Rosanna Xiastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 California condors are social and learn from their elders, and while in captivity, the young birds were raised by an older condor. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 5 May 2022 In the sky, a lone condor soared south toward the three granite spires of Torres del Paine, just over the border in Chile. Mark Johanson, Travel + Leisure, 23 Apr. 2022 Twelve condors, including two chicks, died in the blaze, which also ruined multiple condor nesting structures and injured several other birds. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022 Throughout this ongoing effort, researchers have collected a vast repository of condor blood, feathers and tissue. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Oct. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'condor.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of condor

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for condor

Spanish cóndor, from Quechua kuntur

Learn More About condor

Dictionary Entries Near condor




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for condor

Last Updated

30 Jul 2022

Cite this Entry

“Condor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for condor


con·​dor | \ ˈkän-dər How to pronounce condor (audio) , -ˌdȯr \

Kids Definition of condor

: a very large American vulture having a bare head and neck and a frill of feathers on the neck

More from Merriam-Webster on condor

Nglish: Translation of condor for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about condor


Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!