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

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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Illustration of falcon

falcon 1: 1 hood, 2 jess, 3 gauntlet

Examples of falcon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As Borman notes, the falcon differs from others found in the Great Hall in a significant way. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Nov. 2021 Fitzsimmons, from Devon, in southwest, England, is now planning to gift the 16th century falcon to Hampton Court Palace -- where the wooden bird would have likely adorned Boleyn's private quarters -- on a long-term loan. Hannah Ryan, CNN, 7 Nov. 2021 The saga of peregrine falcons Annie and Grinnell involves Grinnell’s serious wounding and a falcon who subsequently swooped in to take up with Annie — likely one of the birds who attacked Grinnell. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2021 Flocks of homing pigeons take evasive action when a falcon attacks. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Nov. 2021 When Monk started out in 1977, there were only four known falcon nesting sites in California. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Nov. 2021 Adventure unfolds across four continents as an eagle hunter, a hawk whisperer, and a falcon racer awaken an ancient art to connect to the wild that is fading out of sight and out of mind. Sandra Macgregor, Forbes, 30 Oct. 2021 As the falcon is enshrined, so is Sam Spade’s dinner order ($32.95). Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Oct. 2021 On June 17, Jim Burke, animal care director at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, recovered the falcon that survived from the interpretive center parking area. oregonlive, 26 Sep. 2021

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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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“Falcon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falcon. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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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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