noun, plural par·tridg·es, (especially collectively) par·tridge.
- partners' desk,
- partnerships for peace,
- partridge pea,
- partridge wood,
Origin of partridge
Examples from the Web for partridge
Wood pigeon, pheasant, partridge, grouse, peacocks, hares, wild rabbits, and waterfowl are all dietary staples.
Despite the Partridge Family lifestyle, his home life was settled.
A 23-year-old Farrah appeared in the 1970 Partridge Family episode, “The Sound of Money.”
Audrina, inspired by reality-TV star Partridge, is one of the five fastest-rising names for girls.
"We shall see," was the reply, and Rose put the wing of a partridge on a plate and rose calmly from her chair.White Lies|Charles Reade
"I didn't want to ask you to post it, because I thought perhaps Mrs. Partridge would find out, and then she'd scold you," I said.The Boys and I|Mrs. Molesworth
I did kill him, because he helped to kill Partridge and Coburn.Buckskin Mose|Buckskin Mose
Partridge, as we had anticipated, lacked in such high country.The Forest|Stewart Edward White
He looked at Partridge, who returned his gaze blankly—and then, in spite of what he had said, he reached out and turned the latch.Astounding Stories, July, 1931|Various
noun plural -tridges or -tridge
Word Origin for partridge
late 12c., from Old French pertis, alteration of perdis (perhaps influenced by fem. suffix -tris), from Latin perdicem (nominative perdix) "plover, lapwing," from Greek perdix, the Greek partridge, probably related to perdesthai "to break wind," in reference to the whirring noise of the bird's wings, from PIE imitative base *perd- "to break wind" (cf. Sanskrit pardate "breaks wind," Lithuanian perdzu, Russian perdet, Old High German ferzan, Old Norse freta, Middle English farten).