pig·​let ˈpi-glət How to pronounce piglet (audio)
: a small usually young swine

Examples of piglet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Squealing newborn piglets were passed around to hold for photo ops. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2023 Babe the rescue piglet now lives at an animal sanctuary in Pennsylvania. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 25 Apr. 2023 On uninhabited Big Major Cay, a colony of pigs (and adorable piglets!) takes center stage. Rondel Holder, Travel + Leisure, 1 Aug. 2023 According to legal filings, Rogers went into a barn one day to care for some piglets. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 23 Aug. 2023 Just as creepy to me was the mural on the Farmer John slaughterhouse in Vernon, a bucolic panorama of happy piglets gamboling with kids and sleeping under shady trees — a gory dissonance to the daily assembly-line killing of thousands of pigs inside the abattoir. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2023 Activists were trying to talk to Beaver County residents ahead of a high-profile trial over two piglets taken from a Smithfield Foods farm. Shannon Sollitt, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Aug. 2023 The mom had been kept for breeding while her piglets were allegedly intended for slaughter. Carissa Quiambao, USA TODAY, 16 Aug. 2023 Those visiting the animal barns saw baby piglets and calves, livestock shows and competitions. Alyssa Alfano, cleveland, 7 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of piglet was in 1859

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“Piglet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piglet. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


pig·​let ˈpig-lət How to pronounce piglet (audio)
: a baby pig

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