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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Examples of partridge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just to the right of the little partridge berry patch was a small plant that didn’t match all the others in the area. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 17 Sep. 2021 The chefs are tasked with creating a dish featuring either quail, duck, squab, turkey, or chukar (a type of partridge). Vulture, 23 Apr. 2021 One of the best, most reliable sources for wild game is D’Artagnan Foods, which imports inspected foods including Scottish pheasant, redlegged partridge, grouse and wood pigeon. John Mariani, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 That’s because in the early French version of the song, the suitor gifted only a partridge, which in French is rendered as une pertriz. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Dec. 2020 Ever since, the partridge has remained proudly perched in a pear tree. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Dec. 2020 The homes are bathed in white lights and yard art depicting the verses in the traditional carol, from a partridge in a pear tree to the 12 drummers drumming. Dallas News, 11 Dec. 2020 Gray partridge chicks, for example, can leave the nest within hours of hatching. Animals, 10 Dec. 2020 Many people carol during the holidays about receiving a partridge in a pear tree from their true love. Los Angeles Times, 6 Dec. 2020

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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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“Partridge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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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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