[ kok-er-uh l, kok-ruh l ]
/ ˈkɒk ər əl, ˈkɒk rəl /


a young domestic cock.

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


/ (ˈkɒkərəl, ˈkɒkrəl) /


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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