[pur-chuh-ron, -shuh-]


one of a French breed of draft horses, having a gray or black coat.

Origin of Percheron

1870–75; < French; named after Perche, French district where first bred
Also called Percheron Norman. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for percheron

Historical Examples of percheron

  • The Percheron had been grained too heavily and had not been given sufficient exercise.

    Plowing On Sunday

    Sterling North

  • As we have said before, the Percheron breed of horses came from France.

  • Of the heavy-flanked Percheron breed of horse are the ladies on the canvases of Cézanne.


    James Huneker

  • Sid romped home like a Percheron colt and Bacon got to first.

    The Crimson Sweater

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • The Finn woman is thick everywhere, broad of girth and deep of chest like a Percheron stallion.

    I, Mary MacLane

    Mary MacLane

British Dictionary definitions for percheron



a compact heavy breed of carthorse, grey or black in colour

Word Origin for Percheron

C19: from French, from le Perche, region of NW France where the breed originated
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Word Origin and History for percheron



1875, from French Percheron, adjective formed from le Perche, region south of Normandy where horses were bred that were strong, light, and fast.

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