falcon

noun fal·con \ ˈfal-kən , ˈfȯl- also ˈfȯ-kən \
Updated on: 6 Nov 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of falcon

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


FALCON Defined for English Language Learners

falcon

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Definition of falcon for English Language Learners

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


FALCON Defined for Kids

falcon

noun fal·con \ ˈfal-kən , ˈfȯl- \

Definition of falcon for Students

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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