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pigeon

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noun pi·geon \ˈpi-jən\

Definition of pigeon

  1. 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. 2 :  a young woman

  3. 3 :  an easy mark :  dupe

  4. 4 :  clay pigeon

Origin and Etymology of pigeon

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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pigeon

noun pi·geon

Definition of pigeon

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

Origin and Etymology of pigeon

alteration of pidgin


First Known Use: 1826


PIGEON Defined for Kids

pigeon

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noun pi·geon \ˈpi-jən\

Definition of pigeon for Students

  1. :  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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