[ pav-uh-nahyn, -nin ]
/ ˈpæv əˌnaɪn, -nɪn /


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

  • 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

/ (ˈpævəˌnaɪn) /


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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