roost·​er | \ ˈrü-stər also ˈru̇- \

Definition of rooster

1a : an adult male domestic chicken : cock
b : an adult male of various birds other than the domestic chicken
2 : a cocky or vain man

Examples of rooster in a Sentence

We heard the crow of a rooster.

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Still, the gifts that the book catalogues—including beds of peonies from Nancy Kissinger, who wrote the book’s introduction, drawings from Bill Blass, a brass rooster from Slim Keith, and a velvet suit from Kenneth J. Lane—are remarkable to behold. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "What Was the Best Gift Audrey Hepburn Ever Gave?," 11 Dec. 2018 Ben woke up to a championship basketball game, Angie to a symphony, and their dad to a rooster crowing. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "How Does Disney's Smart House Compare To Today's Smart Home Technology?," 7 Aug. 2018 Sebrights have much rounder feathers than most rooster breeds. Julie Zickefoose, WSJ, "‘Unnatural Selection’ Review: A Better Bird, Bit by Bit," 22 Nov. 2018 Chesterton’s ordinance, crafted in 2015, allows no more than four chickens on parcels smaller than one-half acre, and prohibits roosters and slaughtering. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Crown Point woman asks city council to consider letting her keep chickens 'for food, educational purposes'," 13 July 2018 The seizure of nearly 400 roosters last week at a Northampton farm has cast a spotlight on the violent world of cockfighting. Globe Staff,, "Cockfighting: A bit of history," 30 May 2018 Cap’s Hair-Wing: A dry fly designed by Ed Haaga for Cap Buettner’s Fly Shop, this pattern uses a deer hair for the body and tail and grizzly and brown rooster for the hackle. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: 13 famous Wisconsin fly patterns take center stage," 21 Apr. 2018 The soundtrack is '70s and '80s Thai, punctuated by the crowing of nearby roosters. Audrey Phoon, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Singapore," 5 Mar. 2018 Traditional French country motifs also include lavender, roosters, olives, and sunflowers, though these are more typical for things like table linens and curtain panels. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About French Country Design," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of rooster

1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of rooster

chiefly US : an adult male chicken


roost·​er | \ ˈrü-stər \

Kids Definition of rooster

: an adult male chicken

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