\ 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

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 About 6:40 a single drake wood duck dropped over the trees and toward our decoys, but then lifted higher and out of range. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Sultry weather, moderate duck flights mark Wisconsin's north zone opener," 30 Sep. 2017 Hautman's winning painting shows a drake and hen mallard drifting in for a landing, wings extended, in the foreground with other ducks in the distance. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hautman wins 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Contest," 16 Sep. 2017 Hunters regularly travel from across the continent to the marshes of South Louisiana for the opportunity to kill a drake canvasback over decoys. Todd Masson, NOLA.com, "Canvasback to be featured species in 2018 duck-stamp competition," 6 June 2017 Their squids struggle to free themselves from jaws of king eider drakes. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "World Taxidermy Championships: Meet the barking, swimming, flying dead," 26 May 2017

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

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about drake

Statistics for drake

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for drake

The first known use of drake was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for drake



English Language Learners Definition of drake

: a male duck


\ ˈdrāk How to pronounce drake (audio) \

Kids Definition of drake

: a male duck

More from Merriam-Webster on drake

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with drake

Spanish Central: Translation of drake

Nglish: Translation of drake for Spanish Speakers

Comments on drake

What made you want to look up drake? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to fake an opponent out of position

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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