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

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Examples of egret in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alligators, turtles, herons, and egrets are often seen along this trail. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 4 Feb. 2024 The large pink wader’s appearance also highlights the beginning of the annual post-breeding dispersal of southern herons, egrets, spoonbills, and storks north into the piedmont of the Carolinas. Taylor Piephoff, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 As the spoonbills prance on sandbars, a reddish egret performs a vaudeville-style dance to stir up fish. Robin Soslow, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Contaminants, egrets and many unknowns Aug. 5, 2023 Advertisement Bagalayos noted that major landowners in the basin had a long history of engineering the landscape to direct water to their benefit. Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times, 18 Dec. 2023 The trip provided views of the magnificent Chincoteague ponies in a meadow, blue herons soaring above, white egrets keeping a wary eye and oystercatchers poking the sand with their long bills. Joe Heim, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2023 From inlets covered in neon-green algae, snow-white egrets took flight over ships stacked with thousands of brightly colored containers — imagine a mash-up of Gauguin and Mondrian. John Bowe, Travel + Leisure, 18 Oct. 2023 During the late spring and early summer, Ibis Pond is a hotspot to see species of breeding herons and egrets. Terry Ward, Travel + Leisure, 26 Aug. 2023 Two pairs keep Ganni x New Balance in the world of early 2000s-revival running shoes, with an egret white and blazing yellow version of the 1906R sneaker. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of egret was in the 14th century

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“Egret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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: any of various herons that bear long feathers during the breeding season

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