pheas·​ant | \ ˈfe-zᵊnt How to pronounce pheasant (audio) \
plural pheasant or pheasants

Definition of pheasant

1 : any of numerous large often long-tailed and brightly colored Old World gallinaceous birds (Phasianus and related genera of the family Phasianidae) including many raised as ornamental or game birds — compare ring-necked pheasant
2 : any of various birds resembling a pheasant

Examples of pheasant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Elk and deer are still weeks off, and pheasant, waterfowl, and antelope seasons don’t open until October. Hal Herring, Field & Stream, "How Do You Cope with the Death of a Great Dog?," 12 May 2020 The Beretta is for clays, ducks, pheasants, and turkeys. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Gas vs. Inertia: Which Semiauto Shotgun is Best?," 13 Apr. 2020 The early delivery of water at refuges and wildlife areas has also pushed wild pheasant out of the low-lying habitat. Tom Stienstra,, "1 billion birds en route to California," 9 Oct. 2019 What does that mean for people like your pheasant farmer? Time, "Coronavirus Is Hurting the Restaurant Industry. Here’s How It Could Change the Future of Food," 14 Apr. 2020 On days when the snow blows sideways, pheasants and grouse will be tucked into streamside cover, watching for danger from overland, not from below. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "Willow Creek: An Obscure Stream Shapes Life, Death, and Landscape," 16 Apr. 2020 Prior to the murder, the hitman never shot anything other than pheasants while hunting in Michigan, Ellison writes. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Flint native Judith Barnett, guilty of murder, featured in new book, TV show," 30 Mar. 2020 My dad had springers, as does my current pheasant hunting partner. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "How to Choose Your First Bird-Dog Puppy," 23 Mar. 2020 Crystal decanter and silver pheasant from Nelson & Nelson Antiques. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "When Did Gluttony Become So Glamorous?," 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of pheasant

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pheasant

Middle English fesaunt, from Anglo-French fesant, faisan, from Latin phasianus, from Greek (ornis) phasianos, from phasianos of the Phasis River, from Phasis, river in Colchis

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The first known use of pheasant was in the 13th century

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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pheasant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pheasant

: a large bird that has a long tail and is often hunted for food or sport
: the meat of the pheasant eaten as food


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Kids Definition of pheasant

: a large brightly colored bird with a long tail that is related to the chicken and is sometimes hunted for food or sport

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