\ 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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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

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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 After two meat courses — a yin-yang of squab and foie gras and a veal dish sourced from Sylvia Pryzant, who counts fine-dining superstars Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud as customers — dessert brings us back to Michigan and Lents’ mission. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Chef’s Table in downtown Detroit is our 2018 Restaurant of the Year," 16 Feb. 2018 The squab carcasses are used to create the soup in an earlier course. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Californios, S.F.’s newest 4-star restaurant, exquisitely reimagines Mexican cuisine," 27 Oct. 2017 The main course on my last visit earlier this month was squab, cooked on a smoker set out back of the restaurant. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Californios, S.F.’s newest 4-star restaurant, exquisitely reimagines Mexican cuisine," 27 Oct. 2017 This was borne out in a course of squab with currants. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Five Common Wine Myths, Debunked," 12 Oct. 2017 Hopefully the cats will stay away and the young squabs will survive. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Should mourning dove nest be moved for its own protection?," 11 May 2017

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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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Kids Definition of squab

: a young pigeon especially when ready for use as food

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