[pav-uh-nahyn, -nin]


of or like a peacock.
resembling the feathers of a peacock, as in coloring.

Origin of pavonine

1650–60; < Latin pāvōnīnus, derivative of pāvō (stem pāvōn-) peacock; see -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pavonine

Historical Examples of pavonine

  • Scarce one of us domestic birds but imitates the lanky, pavonine strut, and shrill, genteel scream.

    The Book of Snobs

    William Makepeace Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for pavonine



of or resembling a peacock or the colours, design, or iridescence of a peacock's tail

Word Origin for pavonine

C17: from Latin pāvōnīnus, from pāvō peacock
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