par·​tridge ˈpär-trij How to pronounce partridge (audio)
 dialectal  ˈpa-trij
plural partridge or partridges
: 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
: 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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Examples of partridge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pliny noted that blackbirds, partridges, jays and pigeons also eat bay leaves for digestive problems. Adrienne Mayor, Discover Magazine, 28 May 2024 About 100,000 birds, including pheasants, chukar, Hungarian and French red-legged partridges, were killed by animal health authorities after the finding. Journal Sentinel, 6 Jan. 2024 Farther down the hall from the small birds is the raptors’ room, which on this particular day was home to a partridge, a crow, a buzzard, an owl and a greenfinch — all kept in separate, locker-sized cages. Jess McHugh, Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2024 Whilst wooden partridges and mice, wild greens, and backlit walls fill the open-plan lobby with marble tables, wicker armchairs, shiny handmade pottery, and a vast collection of Penguin books. Lewis Nunn, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for partridge 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of partridge was in the 14th century

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“Partridge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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par·​tridge ˈpär-trij How to pronounce partridge (audio)
plural partridge or partridges
: any of several plump Old World birds related to the common chicken and often hunted as game
also : any of various North American birds (as a bobwhite or ruffed grouse) that are related to and resemble partridges of the Old World

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