- a young swan.
Origin of cygnet
Examples from the Web for cygnet
Except in the state of a cygnet, and that rarely, the bird now is not met with at table.Christmastide
When the cygnet's down proves a barrier to the tempest's breath.Love After Marriage; and Other Stories of the Heart
Caroline Lee Hentz
The young swan is called a cygnet, from the French word for "swan."Our Domestic Birds
John H. Robinson
In the beginning of January , the Cygnet was removed to without the bar of the river.History of the Buccaneers of America
When the Cygnet tied up at Barnegat at noon to-day I was fit as a fiddle.The Bartlett Mystery
- a young swan
Word Origin and History for cygnet
c.1400, also signet before 17c., from Anglo-French, diminutive of Old French cigne, cisne "swan" (12c., Modern French cygne), from Latin cygnus, from Greek kyknos, perhaps from PIE *keuk- "to be white."