fal·​con | \ ˈfal-kən How to pronounce falcon (audio) , ˈfȯl- also ˈfȯ-kən How to pronounce falcon (audio) \

Definition of falcon

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

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falcon 1: 1 hood, 2 jess, 3 gauntlet

Examples of falcon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But add a hungry hawk or falcon, and your jaw will drop. Wired, "Starlings Fly in Flocks So Dense They Look Like Sculptures," 20 Nov. 2019 While broad-wings are the big show, other species commonly seen during the fall migrations include falcons, sharp-shinned hawks, American kestrels, ospreys, and northern harriers. BostonGlobe.com, "“They’re power fliers. They head out over open water and island hop to Nantucket, Long Island, and so on. They’re not intimidated by water like buteos are.”," 10 Oct. 2019 This year, Hackney estimated it's rescued maybe a dozen raptors, birds of prey, including other owls, hawks and falcons. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Washtenaw County shelter rescues owl caught in backyard soccer net," 13 Dec. 2019 Raptor Ranch will feature exhibits and demonstrations featuring falcons. Scott Craven, azcentral, "There's still time to see Bedrock City before it becomes Raptor Ranch," 18 Oct. 2019 The nonprofit’s new study shows falcons, warblers, sparrows and owls native to North America are just a few of the birds among the 389 types of birds that have become vulnerable to extinction due to climate change. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Hundreds of North American Birds Face Extinction Due to Climate Change, New Study Shows," 10 Oct. 2019 Only 3% of all falcons are gyrfalcons, and only 1% of gyrfalcons are white, the academy said. Ryan Prior, CNN, "The Air Force Academy says its longest-serving falcon mascot has died," 2 Oct. 2019 Chavez and his falconers use hawks and falcons for the job. Ben Brazil, Daily Pilot, "Falconers keep Orange County from being overrun by birds," 8 Aug. 2019 The Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament features a four-course meal ($45.95, $39.95 for ages 12 and younger), and two-hour jousting tournament featuring six courageous knights, real weapons, horses and a live flight of the royal falcon. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Here are 38 restaurants for Thanksgiving dinner and brunch in metro Phoenix," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of falcon

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for falcon

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

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

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19 Jan 2020

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“Falcon.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falcon. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of falcon

: a type of hawk that can fly very fast and is sometimes trained to hunt


fal·​con | \ ˈfal-kən How to pronounce falcon (audio) , ˈfȯl- \

Kids Definition of falcon

1 : a hawk trained for use in hunting small game
2 : any of several small hawks with long wings and swift flight

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