Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

carrier pigeon

noun
1.
one of a breed of domestic pigeons having a large wattle around the base of the beak.
2.
a homing pigeon trained to carry messages.
Origin of carrier pigeon
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for carrier pigeon
Historical Examples
  • But you might as well have tried to wander a carrier pigeon.

  • But a carrier pigeon would have no such difficulty in returning.

  • A carrier pigeon flies home, and so we say it "knows" the way.

    The Analysis of Mind Bertrand Russell
  • The incident of the carrier pigeon was too fresh in his mind for that.

    Riddle of the Storm Roy J. Snell
  • He was looking at his copy of the code message he had taken from the carrier pigeon.

    Riddle of the Storm Roy J. Snell
  • But she was thinking about the carrier pigeon, and Victoria's advice.

    The Golden Silence C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • These notes he intended to despatch by carrier pigeon, the bird being with them, imprisoned in a large kettle.

    True Tales of Mountain Adventures Mrs. Aubrey Le Blond
  • Has not the carrier pigeon an infinitely better sense of locality than we have?

  • Once on her window-sill Harmony found among the pigeons a carrier pigeon with a brass tube fastened to its leg.

    The Street of Seven Stars Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The carrier pigeon preened itself comfortably on the edge of the washstand.

    The Street of Seven Stars Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for carrier pigeon

carrier pigeon

noun
1.
any homing pigeon, esp one used for carrying messages
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for carrier pigeon

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for carrier

9
10
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for carrier pigeon