squab

noun
\ ˈskwäb How to pronounce squab (audio) \
plural squabs

Definition of squab

1a : couch
b : a cushion for a chair or couch
2 or plural squab : a fledgling bird specifically : a fledgling pigeon about four weeks old
3 : a short fat person

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Other Words from squab

squab adjective

Examples of squab in a Sentence

at one point Robinson Crusoe tells of making a rough-hewn squab with the skins of animals he had killed
Recent Examples on the Web In the entree round, the judges are eager to find out if the chefs can wing it with squab, a young domestic pigeon, and the dessert round puzzle includes a wild pizza pie and purple tuber yam. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "This Louisville chef battles it out, again, on 'Chopped.' Does he have the skills to win?," 28 Jan. 2020 Then on to the kitchen where Malabar made theater of the preparation of the sack of headless squabs Ben had brought. Marion Winik, Washington Post, "‘Wild Game’ is an eloquent — and lurid — tale of a mother-daughter bond gone awry," 11 Oct. 2019 According to documents obtained by Town & Country, the menu consisted of popular dishes of the time, including Atlantic pompano amandine, roast squab, artichoke with vegetable puree, and a hearts of palm salad with Brie. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "The True Story of Princess Margaret's Evening with Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House," 18 Nov. 2019 Turn the squab and spoon the pan juices over for 1 minute. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Butterflied Squab (Dove)," 11 Sep. 2019 And like any theatrical production, one of its cast members, the squab, appears in two acts. Fortune, "Exploring America’s Obscure Tableside Presentation Traditions," 29 Sep. 2019 Season the squabs inside and out with salt and pepper. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Oven-Roasted Squab and Watercress Salad Recipe," 17 Aug. 2011 The fact that the lamb chops were flown in from Australia and the squab from California is proudly advertised. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Tom Valenti Returns with Oxbow Tavern, and Gimmicks to Go at Lucky Pickle," 21 June 2018 For Québécois dishes like foie gras terrine, venison carpaccio, and squab with wild rice, nab an early table at Toqué!, which was recently named Canada’s second-best restaurant (after Alo in Toronto); reservations very much recommended. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Montréal, Canada," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of squab

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for squab

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect skvabb loose, fat flesh

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The first known use of squab was in 1664

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3 Feb 2020

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“Squab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squab. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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squab

noun
\ ˈskwäb How to pronounce squab (audio) \

Kids Definition of squab

: a young pigeon especially when ready for use as food

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