falcon

noun

fal·​con ˈfal-kən How to pronounce falcon (audio) ˈfȯl- How to pronounce falcon (audio)
 also  ˈfȯ-kən
1
: any of various hawks trained for use in falconry
especially : peregrine falcon
used technically only of a female
compare tiercel
2
: any of various hawks (family Falconidae) that have long pointed wings, a long tail, and a notched beak and that usually inhabit open areas

Illustration of falcon

Illustration of falcon
  • 1 hood
  • 2 jess
  • 3 gauntlet

Examples of falcon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the case of the falcons, which live in a place in which food resources are more available in some seasons than in others, playing with objects might reveal an unexpected nutrient source. Jeffrey Kluger, TIME, 5 June 2024 The female falcon has nested in this box since 2016. Kristi Miller, Twin Cities, 25 May 2024 Ari Daniel Shapiro: There was something special about Frightful, though, even for a falcon. IEEE Spectrum, 1 June 2012 The nest was created by a falcon named Larry, short for Lawrencium, who was hatched on the University of California, Berkeley's bell tower. Li Cohen, CBS News, 6 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for falcon 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English faucoun, falcon, from Anglo-French faucon, from Late Latin falcon-, falco, probably from Latin falc-, falx

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of falcon was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Falcon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falcon. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

falcon

noun
fal·​con ˈfal-kən How to pronounce falcon (audio) ˈfȯl- How to pronounce falcon (audio)
 also  ˈfȯ-kən
1
: a hawk trained for use in falconry
2
: any of various swift hawks with long pointed wings, a long tail, and a notch on the upper half of the beak for killing prey

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