\ ˈē-grət How to pronounce egret (audio) , -ˌgret also i-ˈgret How to pronounce egret (audio) , ˈe-grət How to pronounce egret (audio) \

Definition of egret

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Her throat was like an egret’s, long and graceful and smooth. Rachel Heng, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 The egret who started loudly bedding down in a palm tree next to the Humphreys stage drew the immediate attention of Ray Charles. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2021 Midway through Ray Charles’ typically mesmerizing performance at the intimate outdoor venue on Shelter Island, a large egret swooped down from the sky. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2021 Mediterranean species such as the European bee-eater and little egret are now reaching the UK, France, and the Netherlands, mainly due to milder winters. Phoebe Weston, Wired, 12 Dec. 2020 Nearby, Stephen Vara, dressed in a blonde wig and Betty Grable eyelashes, mimes shooting the egret with his parasol. Christina Tkacik,, 20 Sep. 2020 By Ellery Akers There was a moment when shooting egrets for feathers became wrong. Ellery Akers, New York Times, 7 May 2020 Because water refraction distorts the location of fish, much as a pencil in a glass of water looks bent, egrets must use a complicated stance to correct for the illusion when hunting prey. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 May 2020 An egret searches for breakfast on a foggy morning at Bolinas Lagoon Nature Preserve. Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of egret

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for egret

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

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

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“Egret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of egret

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


\ ˈē-grət How to pronounce egret (audio) , i-ˈgret \

Kids Definition of egret

: a heron with usually white feathers

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