feath·​ered ˈfe-t͟hərd How to pronounce feathered (audio)
: having feathers
… misidentified as … a flying reptile, not a feathered dinosaur …Luis M. Chiappe
referring to birds as "our feathered friends"
: covered or decorated with feathers
He was a big man, and in his costume— … feathered anklets, feathered gauntlets, beaded headband … —he seemed magnified in every dimension, almost a spirit-being.Ian Frazier
From this region come the magnificent beadwork art, the buckskin garments, the great feathered war bonnet, and the concept of long fringed shirts.Frederick J. Dockstader

Examples of feathered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His followers — bedecked in feathered headdresses, homemade shark-fin hats and grass skirts — arrived early for concerts and tailgated with frozen margaritas and jerk chicken in the parking lots of concert venues. Glenn Rifkin, Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2023 Don't let the synthetic trouble you, this thing stuffs down like a feathered jacket and is impressively warm. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, 30 Aug. 2023 The rapper Cardi wowed the crowds in an oversized black feathered bolero, teamed with a black corseted gown that was designed for her by the brand's creative director Daniel Roseberry. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 10 July 2023 Cardi wowed the crowds in head-to-toe Schiaparelli — a custom look designed for her by the brand's creative director Daniel Roseberry — wearing an oversized black feathered bolero, teamed with a black corseted gown with gold stitching at the bodice and gold buttons down the back. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 3 July 2023 The ensemble also featured cat ears and a feathered train to mimic the fur of Lagerfeld's beloved white Burmese cat. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 2 May 2023 Her black feathered headpiece that adds several inches of height. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 2 May 2023 The perfect partner to a white feathered gown, her hair color elevated her look to ethereal heights. Hannah Coates, Glamour, 13 Mar. 2023 The Harris Reed design — which Iman, 67, sported in gold and white and Lil Nas X in solid black — is a dramatic feathered look consisting of a hoop skirt and headpiece. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 29 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of feathered was before the 12th century

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“Feathered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feathered. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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