[kok-er-uh l, kok-ruh l]


a young domestic cock.

Nearby words

  1. cockcrow,
  2. cocked,
  3. cocked hat,
  4. cocker,
  5. cocker spaniel,
  6. cockerell,
  7. cockeye,
  8. cockeye bob,
  9. cockeyed,
  10. cockeyed bob

Origin of cockerel

First recorded in 1400–50, cockerel is from the late Middle English word cokerelle. See cock1, -rel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cockerel



a young domestic cock, usually less than a year old

Word Origin for cockerel

C15: diminutive of cock 1

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Word Origin and History for cockerel



"young cock," mid-15c. (late 12c. as a surname), apparently a diminutive of cock (n.1). Despite the form, no evidence that it is from French.

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