\ ˈhen How to pronounce hen (audio) \

Definition of hen

1a : a female chicken especially over a year old broadly : a female bird
b : the female of various mostly aquatic animals (such as lobsters or fish)
2 : woman especially : a fussy middle-aged woman

Examples of hen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whole-hen frozen turkey prices were reported at $1.31 a pound in the first quarter, up 19% from 2021. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 5 May 2022 But their livelihoods have been threatened by encumbering cartels, who see the booming industry as a golden hen for profit, Orden said. Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2022 Cracked Eggery, as the name suggests, is devoted to those fragile hen ovals, which has created some confusion throughout the life span of the young company. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 Summer brings a bevy of berries — Juneberries, raspberries, blackberries — along with chanterelle and hen of the woods mushrooms. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 Entrees, which range from $14.99 to $19.99, are centered on chicken, beef, lamb, liver, shrimp, salmon, tilapia and Cornish hen. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 20 Apr. 2022 Fans of bone-chilling horror movies are in for a treat as The Bold Type's Aisha Dee stars in Sissy, playing an influencer who encounters her childhood tormentor on a hen's weekend. Alicia Vrajlal, refinery29.com, 6 Apr. 2022 Apparently, this bird has figured out a way to live four-times as long as the average hen. Michael Hollan, Fox News, 5 Apr. 2022 The menu kicks off with oyster service before exploring additional seafood flavors and roasted heritage breed hen. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hen

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

History and Etymology for hen

Middle English, from Old English henn; akin to Old English hana rooster — more at chant

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“Hen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hen. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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\ ˈhen How to pronounce hen (audio) \

Kids Definition of hen

1 : a female domestic fowl
2 : a female bird

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