plum·​age | \ ˈplü-mij How to pronounce plumage (audio) \

Definition of plumage

: the feathers of a bird

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plumaged \ ˈplü-​mijd How to pronounce plumaged (audio) \ adjective

Examples of plumage in a Sentence

The peacock has colorful plumage.

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The collection, which featured Technicolor plumage on gowns, blouses, and accessories, has been in high demand, for both the red carpet and fashion editorials. Glamour, "If You Want a Big Style Moment in 2019, Bring On the Feathers," 10 Apr. 2019 The phenomenon is responsible for the vivid blues and greens of peacock plumage, as well as the iridescent coloring of butterfly wings and other animals. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "This Vibrant Bacteria Could Be Used to “Grow” Iridescent Paint in Any Color," 22 Feb. 2018 For Pitti peacocks, plumage comes in many different forms. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Inside the Bizarre Life of a Male Street-Style Star," 14 Jan. 2019 Michael Kors created bags lined in feathers, while Christian Cowan added single plumes to a sweater for day, and Preen by Thronton Bregazzi dressed up parkas with lines of plumage. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Step Up Your Valentine’s Day Style With This Flirty Trend," 25 Jan. 2019 Few in Paris can beat the Costes brothers at attracting the human plumage the French refer to as people, pronounced pee-pole—though in the past L’Avenue has been accused of culling its waiting flock a bit too selectively. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "Saks Doubles Down on Department Stores With New Restaurant in New York City," 15 Jan. 2019 And there isn't just one spot designers are incorporate plumage, some added feathers to the heel of their footwear, while others lined it on the straps. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "7 Shoe Trends of 2019 You're Going to Want to Pay Attention To," 7 Jan. 2019 Still, those bound for the workplace shouldn’t have to settle for anything less than spectacular plumage. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Top Trends of Pre-Fall 2019," 19 Dec. 2018 Seeing Amy Sherman-Palladino without her trademark top hat is unexpected, to say the least—like observing a particularly ebullient peacock sans opulent plumage. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 9 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of plumage

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plumage

Middle English, from Middle French, from Old French, from plume feather — more at plume

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English Language Learners Definition of plumage

: the feathers that cover the body of a bird


plum·​age | \ ˈplü-mij How to pronounce plumage (audio) \

Kids Definition of plumage

: the feathers of a bird

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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