jay

noun (1)
\ ˈjā How to pronounce jay (audio) \

Definition of jay

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a predominantly fawn-colored Old World bird (Garrulus glandarius) of the crow family with a black-and-white crest and wings marked with black, white, and blue
b : any of various usually crested and largely blue chiefly New World birds that are related to the common Old World jay and have roving habits and harsh voices — compare blue jay
2a : an impertinent chatterer
c : greenhorn
3 : a moderate blue

jay

noun (2)

Definition of jay (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the letter j

First Known Use of jay

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jay

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin gaius

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“Jay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jay. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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jay

noun
\ ˈjā How to pronounce jay (audio) \

Kids Definition of jay

: a usually blue bird related to the crow that has a loud call

Jay biographical name

\ ˈjā How to pronounce Jay (audio) \

Definition of Jay

John 1745–1829 American jurist and statesman; 1st chief justice U.S. Supreme Court (1789–95)

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