par·​tridge | \ ˈpär-trij How to pronounce partridge (audio) , dialectal ˈpa-trij\
plural partridge or partridges

Definition of partridge

1 : any of various typically medium-sized stout-bodied Old World gallinaceous birds (Perdix, Alectoris, and related genera) with variegated plumage that are often hunted as game
2 : any of various related birds (such as the American ruffed grouse or bobwhite) resembling the Old World partridges in size, habits, or value as game

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The semi-arid hills of Yazd Province lie between Iran’s two largest deserts, Lut and Dasht-e Kavir, and are home to wild sheep, goats, boars, and chukar partridges. Marjan Yazdi, National Geographic, "From poachers to protectors, meet the rangers of Masjed Mountain," 7 Mar. 2019 Country pursuits on such properties commonly include pheasant, grouse or partridge shoots, salmon fishing and stalking (crawling on rough, damp terrain under the guidance of a ghillie, or young helper, to shoot stags marked for culling). Cathy Newman, WSJ, "A Chic Scottish Sojourn Among the Manors," 7 Dec. 2018 When nothing but Isle of Muck red-legged partridge will do, Three Chimneys is your go-to. Margot Dougherty, WSJ, "5 Restaurants Genuinely Worth Traveling For," 24 Oct. 2018 With their numbers down by 90 percent, France’s grey partridge populations have essentially collapsed. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Pesticides Have Led to a ‘Catastrophic’ Decline in France’s Bird Populations," 22 Mar. 2018 The Arabian Desert abounded with the houbara bustard, a migratory, partridge-like fowl found in arid habitats across Asia and northern Africa. New York Times, "In Dubai, Flying With the Falcons," 17 Jan. 2018 Red-legged partridge 100% Yellowhammer Habitat fragmentation and hunting have chipped away at the native bird’s numbers. Tim Graham, National Geographic, "Around the World, Farmland Birds Are in Steep Decline," 1 June 2018 Just kidding — there is no partridge in a pear tree in the box set. George Varga,, "Guns N' Roses to release 'Appetite for Destruction'' box set: Here's the full song list.," 3 May 2018 Even the royal canines ate well — a mixture of fresh rabbit, partridge, and pheasant. Kara Baskin,, "Getting Salty with James Gibney of the British Beer Company," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of partridge

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for partridge

Middle English partrich, modification of Anglo-French perdriz, alteration of Old French perdix, from Latin perdic-, perdix, from Greek perdik-, perdix

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English Language Learners Definition of partridge

: a brown bird with a round body and short tail that is often hunted for food and sport


par·​tridge | \ ˈpär-trij How to pronounce partridge (audio) \
plural partridge or partridges

Kids Definition of partridge

: a plump grayish brown bird that lives mostly on the ground and is sometimes hunted for food or sport

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