[ gey-feth-er ]

  1. any of several composite plants of the genus Liatris, especially L. spicata or L. scariosa, having hairy leaves and long clusters of purplish flowers.

Origin of gay-feather

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20

Words Nearby gay-feather Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use gay-feather in a sentence

  • The boy was prettily attired in a military costume, and wore a toy sword at his side and a gay feather in his cap.

    A Dream of Empire | William Henry Venable
  • Her hair was palpably dyed—her hat was jauntily set on her head, and ornamented with a gay feather.

    I Say No | Wilkie Collins
  • Thistledown wore a green suit, a purple cloak, a gay feather in his cap, and was as handsome an elf as one could wish to see.

    Lulu's Library, Volume II | Louisa M. Alcott
  • What difference did it make whether she wore an old bonnet with green grass in it, or a round hat with a gay feather?