poul·​try ˈpōl-trē How to pronounce poultry (audio)
: domesticated birds kept for eggs or meat

Example Sentences

This wine goes well with poultry.
Recent Examples on the Web Stir in the potato, leftover turkey, poultry seasoning, and turkey gravy mix. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 25 Nov. 2022 These concentrated poultry operations pose a serious threat of water pollution—often to already marginalized communities where the farms are located. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, 24 Nov. 2022 Highly pathogenic avian influenza has devastated wild birds and the poultry industry across the globe. oregonlive, 23 Nov. 2022 The poultry industry has been able to work through one of the issues that slashed supply last year — a poor choice of rooster that led to fewer chicks than expected. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 23 Nov. 2022 Other record breakers include flour and prepaid flour mixes which cost 24% more, and frozen vegetables, turkey and other poultry which were all up 17%. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, 22 Nov. 2022 If chickens enjoy learning, for instance, then poultry farmers should give their birds opportunities to do just that, Dr. Broom said. Emily Anthes Lauren Petracca, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2022 Eating real, whole ingredients to up your protein intake (particularly eggs, seafood, beef, poultry, legumes, seeds, nuts, dairy products and pork) is always the gold standard, no matter what. Jaclyn London, M.s., R.d., Good Housekeeping, 22 Nov. 2022 According to Jason Fields, the poultry unit manager and Peanut Butter’s and Jelly’s main caretaker, their favorites are blueberries, grapes and grub worms. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poultry was in the 14th century

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“Poultry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poultry. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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poul·​try ˈpōl-trē How to pronounce poultry (audio)
: domesticated birds kept for eggs or meat
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