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perch

noun \ ˈpərch \

Definition of perch

1 : a bar or peg on which something is hung
2 a : a roost for a bird
b : a resting place or vantage point : seat
c : a prominent position
  • his new perch as president
3 chiefly British : rod 2

Origin and Etymology of perch

Middle English perche, from Anglo-French, from Latin pertica pole


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perch

verb

Definition of perch

intransitive verb
: to alight, settle, or rest on a perch, a height, or a precarious spot
transitive verb
: to place on a perch, a height, or a precarious spot

Examples of perch in a Sentence

  1. pigeons perching on the roof

  2. perched the baby in a basket

First Known Use of perch

14th century

perch Synonyms

Synonyms
land, light, alight, roost, settle, touch down
Antonyms
blast off, take off
Related Words
belly-land, crash-land
Near Antonyms
arise, ascend, climb, rise; float, fly, glide, plane, soar, wing; hang, hover

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perch

noun

Definition of perch

plural perch or perches
1 a : a small European freshwater bony fish (Perca fluviatilis of the family Percidae, the perch family)
2 : any of numerous bony fishes (as of the families Percidae, Centrarchidae, and Serranidae)

Illustration of perch

Origin and Etymology of perch

Middle English perche, from Anglo-French, from Latin perca, from Greek perkē; akin to Old High German faro colored, Latin porcus, a spiny fish

Other Fishes Terms



PERCH Defined for English Language Learners

perch

verb

Definition of perch for English Language Learners

  • : to sit on or be on something high or on something from which it is easy to fall

  • : to put (someone or something) on something high or on something from which it is easy to fall


PERCH Defined for Kids

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perch

noun \ ˈpərch \

Definition of perch for Students

1 : a place where birds roost
2 : a raised seat or position

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perch

verb

Definition of perch for Students

perched; perching
: to sit or rest on a raised seat or position

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perch

noun

Definition of perch for Students

plural perch or perches
1 : a common yellow and greenish brown fish of North America that is sometimes caught for food or sport
2 : any of various fish related to or resembling the North American perch


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