roost·​er ˈrü-stər How to pronounce rooster (audio)
ˈru̇- How to pronounce rooster (audio)
: an adult male domestic chicken : cock
: an adult male of various birds other than the domestic chicken
: a cocky or vain man

Examples of rooster in a Sentence

We heard the crow of a rooster.
Recent Examples on the Web Nearly three dozen roosters were seized by Texas authorities following an investigation into a large cockfighting ring, officials said. Louis Casiano, Fox News, 20 Feb. 2024 Twitter More From The Post Notre Dame’s new spire unveiled after 2019 fire, complete with golden rooster Feb. 14, 2024 Thursday briefing: Kansas City shooting; national security threat; Trump in court; SpaceX moon launch; Notre Dame; and more Today at 10:00 a.m. Chris Velazco, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 The first film tells the story of Ginger, a rebellious British chicken who teams up with an American rooster called Rocky to break her brood out of the evil Mrs. Tweedy’s farm before they’re all turned into pies. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 16 Dec. 2023 The name translates literally to ‘rooster in wine’ and historically was a way to cook old male chickens that had grown tough and gamey (in life and love). Ben Jarrell, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Each decanter is decorated with the same artwork—picks, spades and a two peso coin from Sarabia’s birth year on the front, and drawings of a parrot, rooster, and she-goat goat on the back inspired by the folk art of Sinoloa where Sarabia’s family is from. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 19 Dec. 2023 The animal signs rotate each new year in this order: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Jan. 2024 In the first Chicken Run, the flock — led by the brave Ginger (voiced by Julia Sawalha), alongside the not-quite-so-brave rooster Rocky (Mel Gibson) — were breaking out of Mrs. Tweedy’s farm in a poultry parody of Escape to Victory. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Oct. 2023 Before the rooster left the ground, it was blessed by the Paris Archbishop Laurent Ulrich during a ceremony that took place behind the cathedral. Antonia Mufarech, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of rooster was in 1772

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“Rooster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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roost·​er ˈrü-stər How to pronounce rooster (audio)
: an adult male domestic chicken
: an adult male bird

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