\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

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 Glasse’s elaborate recipe—not included here—involved boning various birds (turkey, goose, chicken, partridge, squab) and stuffing one inside the other before encasing the lot in a sturdy piecrust. Heller Mcalpin, WSJ, "Holiday Gift Books 2020: Food," 19 Nov. 2020 PigeonBot has a wrist and finger, too, decked out with 40 feathers—20 per wing—gathered from domestic pigeons called squab, reports Rob Verger for Popular Science. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "‘PigeonBot’ Uses Real Feathers to Fly Like a Bird," 17 Jan. 2020 Also on the menu are Bruleed Banana Dunkel Weizenbock (paired with Berkshire pork belly) and Moody Tongue’s polarizing Shaved Black Truffle Pilsner — introduced in 2014 at $120 for a 22-ounce bottle — which is paired with squab. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "A $155 meal at a brewery? Moody Tongue aims to redefine pairing of beer and food as Chicago restaurants open Tuesday," 12 Nov. 2019 Dove or pigeon is more commonly called squab in the culinary world. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Butterflied Squab (Dove)," 11 Sep. 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'squab.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about squab

Statistics for squab

Cite this Entry

“Squab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squab. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for squab


\ ˈskwäb How to pronounce squab (audio) \

Kids Definition of squab

: a young pigeon especially when ready for use as food

More from Merriam-Webster on squab

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for squab

Nglish: Translation of squab for Spanish Speakers

Comments on squab

What made you want to look up squab? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!