partridge

[ pahr-trij ]
/ ˈpɑr trɪdʒ /

noun, plural par·tridg·es, (especially collectively) par·tridge.

any of several Old World gallinaceous game birds of the subfamily Perdicinae, especially Perdix perdix.
Chiefly Northern U.S. the ruffed grouse.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. bobwhite.
any of several other North American gallinaceous game birds.
any of various South and Central American tinamous.

Origin of partridge

1250–1300; Middle English partrich, variant of pertrich < Middle French pertris, variant of perdris, Old French perd(r)iz < Latin perdix < Greek pérdix

Related forms

par·tridge·like, adjective

Definition for partridge (2 of 2)

Partridge

[ pahr-trij ]
/ ˈpɑr trɪdʒ /

noun

Eric (Hon·ey·wood) [huhn-ee-woo d] /ˈhʌn iˌwʊd/, 1894–1979, British lexicographer, born in New Zealand.
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British Dictionary definitions for partridge (1 of 2)

partridge

/ (ˈpɑːtrɪdʒ) /

noun plural -tridges or -tridge

any of various small Old World gallinaceous game birds of the genera Perdix, Alectoris, etc, esp P. perdix (common or European partridge): family Phasianidae (pheasants)
US and Canadian any of various other gallinaceous birds, esp the bobwhite and ruffed grouse

Word Origin for partridge

C13: from Old French perdriz, from Latin perdix, from Greek

British Dictionary definitions for partridge (2 of 2)

Partridge

/ (ˈpɑːtrɪdʒ) /

noun

Eric (Honeywood). 1894–1979, British lexicographer, born in New Zealand; author of works on English usage, idiom, slang, and etymology
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