perch

noun (1)
\ ˈpərch How to pronounce perch (audio) \

Definition of perch

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a bar or peg on which something is hung
2a : a roost for a bird
b : a resting place or vantage point : seat
c : a prominent position his new perch as president
3 chiefly British : rod sense 2

perch

verb
perched; perching; perches

Definition of perch (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to alight, settle, or rest on a perch, a height, or a precarious spot

transitive verb

: to place on a perch, a height, or a precarious spot

perch

noun (2)
plural perch or perches

Definition of perch (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : a small European freshwater bony fish (Perca fluviatilis of the family Percidae, the perch family)
2 : any of numerous bony fishes (as of the families Percidae, Centrarchidae, and Serranidae)

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Noun (2)

3perch 1a

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Synonyms & Antonyms for perch

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of perch in a Sentence

Verb pigeons perching on the roof perched the baby in a basket

First Known Use of perch

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for perch

Noun (1)

Middle English perche, from Anglo-French, from Latin pertica pole

Noun (2)

Middle English perche, from Anglo-French, from Latin perca, from Greek perkē; akin to Old High German faro colored, Latin porcus, a spiny fish

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The first known use of perch was in the 14th century

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“Perch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perch. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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perch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of perch

: to sit on or be on something high or on something from which it is easy to fall
: to put (someone or something) on something high or on something from which it is easy to fall

perch

noun
\ ˈpərch How to pronounce perch (audio) \

Kids Definition of perch

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a place where birds roost
2 : a raised seat or position

perch

verb
perched; perching

Kids Definition of perch (Entry 2 of 3)

: to sit or rest on a raised seat or position

perch

noun
plural perch or perches

Kids Definition of perch (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a common yellow and greenish brown fish of North America that is sometimes caught for food or sport
2 : any of various fish related to or resembling the North American perch

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