pig·​let | \ ˈpi-glət \

Definition of piglet

: a small usually young swine

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In another truly stunning image, the musician dons a lavender blouse and pants, topped with a pale gray suit coat, wears a gold crown of leaves in his tousled hair, and carries a tiny piglet in one arm. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Hung Out With Lambs and Piglets in New Gucci Campaign," 18 Sep. 2018 Gucci’s Alessandro Michele posted an Instagram of himself holding a piglet earlier this month in conjunction with the brand’s new campaign for Cruise 2019. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Are Pigs the New It Pet? Ariana Grande and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele Say Yes," 28 Sep. 2018 In another possible sign that the two-child policy is on its way out, the Chinese national postal service unveiled last month a Year of the Pig stamp for 2019 that depicted a pig family with three piglets. WSJ, "China Replaces Family Planning With Family Development as Births Decline," 11 Sep. 2018 Calves, piglets, lambs and other smaller livestock are preferred targets. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018 When pork prices collapsed amid a global trade war during the Great Depression, the Roosevelt Administration in 1933 had an idea—slaughter six million piglets. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Dust Bowl Economics," 11 July 2018 The trenches resembled a litter of suckling piglets, and thus a nickname was born: pig iron. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 The piglets and their mother will be bonding for an undetermined length of time before going on public display at the zoo, Magill said. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Newborn warthog piglets doing well and are sort of cute," 4 July 2018 He was born into a farm: his grandparents’ farm in rural Cassatt, South Carolina, where sticky childhood summers were spent chasing piglets through mud. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appetit, "The Unmistakable Bryan Furman, Georgia’s New King of Barbecue," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of piglet

1859, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of piglet

: a baby pig


pig·​let | \ ˈpi-glət \

Kids Definition of piglet

: a baby pig

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