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pi·​geon | \ ˈpi-jən How to pronounce pigeon (audio) \

Definition of pigeon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of a widely distributed family (Columbidae, order Columbiformes) of birds with a stout body, rather short legs, and smooth and compact plumage especially : a member of any of numerous varieties of the rock dove that exist in domestication and in the feral state in cities and towns throughout most of the world
2 : a young woman
3 : an easy mark : dupe


noun (2)

Definition of pigeon (Entry 2 of 2)

: an object of special concern : accepted business or interest tennis was not his pigeon

First Known Use of pigeon

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pigeon

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French pygoun, pijun, from Late Latin pipion-, pipio young bird, from Latin pipire to chirp

Noun (2)

alteration of pidgin

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“Pigeon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pigeon. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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pi·​geon | \ ˈpi-jən How to pronounce pigeon (audio) \

Kids Definition of pigeon

: a bird with a plump body, short legs, and smooth feathers and especially one that is a variety of the rock dove and is found in cities throughout the world


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