plum·​age | \ ˈplü-mij \

Definition of plumage

: the feathers of a bird

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plumaged \ ˈplü-​mijd \ adjective

Examples of plumage in a Sentence

The peacock has colorful plumage.

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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 Breeds with thicker plumage do better in cold climates, while those without a lot of extra insulation, such as Silkies (a fabulously ornamental breed with feathers that look more like fur) live comfortably in warmer climates. Denise Foley, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Raising Backyard Chickens," 14 Aug. 2018 Through the fronds, guests glimpse the living room, where the Menils ignored Johnson’s wishes and hired fashion designer Charles James to provide the furniture—plumage of a different sort. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "A museum grows in Houston," 1 Nov. 2018 Think about it: a plastic flamingo donning a waddle and autumnal plumage could cause someone to mistake it for an actual turkey. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Can't Be In A Fowl Mood After Seeing These Thanksgiving Flamingos," 28 Sep. 2018 Perhaps conformity requires one to abandon bright, distinctive plumage. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "At the Ballet: A long-sought strength achieved – and more innovation," 1 Feb. 2018 Paleobiologists have been uncovering strong evidence of that dinosaurs including velociraptors and relatives of Tyrannosaurus rex had downy, colorful plumage since the mid-1990s. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Five Ways Real Science Would Make the New Jurassic World So Much Better," 12 June 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 \

Kids Definition of plumage

: the feathers of a bird

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