feath·​ery | \ˈfet͟h-rē, ˈfe-t͟hər-ē\

Definition of feathery 

: resembling, suggesting, or covered with feathers especially : extremely light

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Examples of feathery in a Sentence

a plant with feathery leaves the apple pie had a wonderfully feathery crust

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After dazzling in Givenchy couture in Los Angeles and breaking out the feathery Valentino couture at the Venice Film Festival, Gaga decided to go in a different direction for the movie’s London premiere. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Lady Gaga’s Elizabethan Alexander McQueen Gown Has to Be Seen to Be Believed," 27 Sep. 2018 Here is a tidal pool, with limpets resembling cocktail umbrellas, beds of blue-shelled mussels and feathery shrimp that seem to gallop through the brine; elsewhere, the splendid flourish of the dreaded giant squid. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "What to Give: Children’s Books," 15 Nov. 2018 Over the course of the show, her makeup—whether light and feathery or, eventually, vamped up with the other witches—is a barometer for her allegiance to the witch’s coven. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 28 Oct. 2018 Plop a jet-black feathery frond into a pot of orchids as seen here by Metaflora. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Can Halloween Home Decor Be Chic? These Items Make the Case," 26 Oct. 2018 The new mom—who just gave birth to a daughter last month—stepped onto the red carpet tonight in a body-hugging bright pink dress by Nicolas Jebran and a short, new feathery hairdo. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B Debuts Her Post-Baby Makeover at the VMAs," 20 Aug. 2018 Complete your look with a feathery bag, bold shoes, and mismatched earrings. Danielle Fox, Seventeen, "Is Your Prom Dress Style Classic or Trendy?," 11 July 2018 But the waterproof and feathery Optimizer proved to be tough enough for ski tours and airy enough for spring showers. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Rain Jackets for Every Activity," 20 June 2018 Valentino also had dramatic feathery creations, plus a dress with birds all over it. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "What Paris Couture and Jonathan Franzen Have in Common," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of feathery

1580, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of feathery

: extremely light and soft or delicate : like a feather


feath·​ery | \ˈfe-t͟hə-rē \

Kids Definition of feathery

1 : like a feather or tuft of feathers His dark eyelashes were long and feathery— Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons

2 : covered with feathers

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