\ ˈdrāk How to pronounce drake (audio) \

Definition of drake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a male duck


biographical name
\ ˈdrāk How to pronounce Drake (audio) \

Definition of Drake (Entry 2 of 2)

Sir Francis 1540(or 1543)–1596 English navigator and buccaneer

Examples of drake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The presence of a white bar border on the speculum (found on drake mallards) varies from bird-to-bird. Ryan Chelius, Outdoor Life, "The 8 Coolest Hybrid Ducks and Geese You’ve Ever Seen," 1 Mar. 2021 The drake dives, and Dublin swims circles around the spot, then disappears underwater. The Editors, Field & Stream, "7 Short Tales of Toughness in the Wild," 16 Dec. 2020 Bear emerged from the water with the drake clamped in his jaws. Hal Herring, Field & Stream, "How Do You Cope with the Death of a Great Dog?," 12 May 2020 Scrimshaw panels feature a flying mallard drake and hen on one side, and a retriever on the other. Colin Moore, Outdoor Life, "The 16 Most Awesome Turkey And Duck Calls You’ve Ever Seen," 19 Feb. 2020 The drake flies right at me, clumsy and clueless compared to the aloof mallards that have avoided me for the past 90 minutes. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "Tips for Turning Around a Late-Season Duck Hunt," 3 Dec. 2019 Similar to first dates, tech platforms woo us with vibrant design and privacy pop-ups that fan into a showy display, like a Mandarin drake looking for a mate, only to later neglect us. Pamela Pavliscak, Quartz, "Forget AI ethics—treat technology like a new relationship instead," 2 Aug. 2019 The drake mallard hung around, quacking from the roofline of my neighbor’s house for a few days, and then another female appeared. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "On-deck observations from the backyard," 3 June 2018 And, naturally, since pairing has begun, the drakes will be right alongside. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, "duck hunting," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of drake


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for drake


Middle English; akin to Old High German antrahho drake

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“Drake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drake. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of drake

: a male duck


\ ˈdrāk How to pronounce drake (audio) \

Kids Definition of drake

: a male duck

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