roost·​er | \ ˈrü-stər How to pronounce rooster (audio) also ˈru̇- How to pronounce rooster (audio) \

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

During the day, the cave is filled with the sound of cows and roosters. Photographs And Text By Bryan Denton, New York Times, "China’s Last Cave Dwellers Fight to Keep Their Underground Homes," 13 May 2018 Anglers have a chance to hook a 100-pound rooster in 10 feet of water. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Litigator quits the fast lane for a life on the Sea of Cortez," 28 Jan. 2018 The grandest presence onstage at Repertorio Español belongs to the smallest creature there: a handsome rooster with luxurious plumage in fiery tones and a strikingly comfortable rapport with his principal scene partner. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "Review: Betting on a Rooster in ‘No One Writes to the Colonel’," 2 Apr. 2018 The Classic Dish Coq Au Vin, in which a whole tough older bird —usually a rooster — is cooked in wine, must be the ancestor to this lesser-known dish, in which just the meaty legs of a sturdy hen are cooked in vinegar. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Braised Chicken Legs with Shallots and Vinegar," 22 Feb. 2013 What to Do Explore North Ibiza on Horseback Ringed in Mediterranean blue and whipped with winter wind, the Es Murta nature park leads to a narrow valley that’s home to 16 horses, two roosters, and an irreverent cat named Captain. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "For Authentic Ibiza, Visit in the Winter," 15 Feb. 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce rooster (audio) \

Kids Definition of rooster

: an adult male chicken

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