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pigeonhole

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noun pi·geon·hole \ˈpi-jən-ˌhōl\

Definition of pigeonhole

  1. 1 :  a hole or small recess for pigeons to nest

  2. 2 :  a small open compartment (as in a desk or cabinet) for keeping letters or documents

  3. 3 :  a neat category which usually fails to reflect actual complexities

1577

First Known Use of pigeonhole

1577


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pigeonhole

verb pi·geon·hole

Definition of pigeonhole

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to place in or as if in the pigeonhole of a deskb :  to lay aside :  shelve his reports continued to be pigeonholed and his advice not taken — Walter Mills

  3. 2 :  to assign to an often restrictive category :  classify

pigeonholer

play \ˈpi-jən-ˌhō-lər\ noun

Examples of pigeonhole in a sentence

  1. She likes to perform different types of music because she doesn't want to be pigeonholed.

1840

First Known Use of pigeonhole

1840




PIGEONHOLE Defined for English Language Learners

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pigeonhole

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noun pi·geon·hole \ˈpi-jən-ˌhōl\

Definition of pigeonhole for English Language Learners

  • : a small open space in a desk, cabinet, or wall for keeping letters or papers

  • —used to say that someone or something is being unfairly thought of or described as belonging to a particular group, having only a particular skill, etc.


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pigeonhole

verb pi·geon·hole

Definition of pigeonhole for English Language Learners

  • : to unfairly think of or describe (someone or something) as belonging to a particular group, having only a particular skill, etc.



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