egret

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noun \ˈē-grət, -ˌgret also i-ˈgret, ˈeg-rət\

Definition of egret

  1. :  any of various herons that bear long plumes during the breeding season

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Origin and Etymology of egret

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Old Occitan *aigreta, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German heigaro heron


First Known Use: 14th century


EGRET Defined for English Language Learners

egret

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noun \ˈē-grət, -ˌgret also i-ˈgret, ˈeg-rət\

Definition of egret for English Language Learners

  • : a large, long-legged bird that has a long neck and bill and usually white feathers


EGRET Defined for Kids

egret

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noun \ˈē-grət, i-ˈgret\

Definition of egret for Students

  1. :  a heron with usually white feathers


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