poul·​try | \ ˈpōl-trē How to pronounce poultry (audio) \

Definition of poultry

: domesticated birds kept for eggs or meat

Examples of poultry in a Sentence

This wine goes well with poultry.
Recent Examples on the Web Latinos also settled in the area after poultry companies recruited workers from Texas, California and northern Mexico, while the Atlanta metro area’s flourishing business hub has drawn Latino professionals. NBC news, 15 Sep. 2021 For those who need to report a problem with a meat, poultry or egg product, the electronic consumer-complaint monitoring system is online. Marc Bona, cleveland, 14 Sep. 2021 Now the Biden Administration recently announced a beef with the beef, pork and poultry processors placing blame on just a few. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 14 Sep. 2021 Combine the salt, pepper and poultry seasoning and apply all of it to the chicken, rubbing it all over. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Sep. 2021 There’s the continued strength of rival Popeyes, poultry shortages and the disruption caused by COVID-19. chicagotribune.com, 13 Sep. 2021 That could be a job loss, Courtney Crews said, or the closure of her husband’s poultry operation. Yamil Berard, ajc, 10 Sep. 2021 There’s the continued strength of rival Popeyes, poultry shortages and the disruption caused by COVID-19. Fortune, 10 Sep. 2021 None Zacky left college to work for his family poultry business, which ended up closing. Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of poultry

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poultry

Middle English pultrie, from Anglo-French pulletrie, from pulleter poulterer, from pullet chicken — more at pullet

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17 Sep 2021

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“Poultry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poultry. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of poultry

: birds (such as chickens and ducks) that are raised on farms for their eggs or meat
: meat from a bird


poul·​try | \ ˈpōl-trē How to pronounce poultry (audio) \

Kids Definition of poultry

: birds (as chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese) raised for their meat or eggs


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