pig·​let | \ ˈpi-glət How to pronounce piglet (audio) \

Definition of piglet

: a small usually young swine

Examples of piglet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tables and shelves overflowed with piglet figurines. Dina Gachman, Smithsonian Magazine, "During the Covid-19 Pandemic, Avid Collectors Find Joy in Their Prized Possessions," 13 Nov. 2020 The farm can now proceed with its plans to breed Ethel, promising the first piglet will be named Laura. Steve Hartman, CBS News, "Woman watching pig livestream jumps into action after barn catches fire," 13 Nov. 2020 When people don’t show up for work, or don’t pay attention to detail, piglet mortality starts to tick upward. Adam Belz, Star Tribune, "Minnesota hog farmers fight visa restrictions: 'We need the labor'," 15 Aug. 2020 For the first time, this round of funding also will pay $4 per piglet of up to 25 pounds (11 kilograms) euthanized between May 1 and July 20. Ryan J. Foley, Star Tribune, "Minnesota company gets most aid in Iowa hog disposal program," 31 July 2020 Once swallowed by an unsuspecting piglet, the pathogen would travel to the gut and infect and destroy the finger-like nutrient-absorbing projections called villi on the walls of the small intestine. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Coronavirus Spread Through U.S. Pigs in 2013. Here’s How It Was Stopped," 10 Apr. 2020 Cows munch lazily on hay; newborn piglets suckle their mothers’ teats. Ken Budd, Washington Post, "I spent time in a Kenyan orphanage hoping to make a difference. But was I really helping?," 6 Nov. 2019 While that disease, which devastates young piglets, now has various working vaccines in place, this wasn’t always the case. Quanta Magazine, "What Other Coronaviruses Tell Us About SARS-CoV-2," 29 Apr. 2020 Inside the barns, investigators documented months-old piglets suffering bloody rectal prolapses and intense overcrowding. Washington Post, "Group’s video shows suffering at Iowa lawmaker’s pig farm," 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of piglet

1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of piglet was in 1859

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23 Nov 2020

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“Piglet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piglet. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of piglet

: a baby pig


pig·​let | \ ˈpi-glət How to pronounce piglet (audio) \

Kids Definition of piglet

: a baby pig

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