pigeon

1
[ pij-uh n ]
/ ˈpɪdʒ ən /

noun

any bird of the family Columbidae, having a compact body and short legs, especially the larger species with square or rounded tails.Compare dove1(def 1).
a domesticated member of this family, as one of the varieties of the rock dove.
Slang.
  1. a young, usually attractive, girl.
  2. a person who is easily fooled or cheated; dupe.
Poker Slang. a card, acquired in the draw, that greatly improves a hand or makes it a winner.

Nearby words

  1. pig-out,
  2. pig-root,
  3. pig-tailed macaque,
  4. pigalle,
  5. pigboat,
  6. pigeon blood,
  7. pigeon breast,
  8. pigeon drop,
  9. pigeon guillemot,
  10. pigeon hawk

Origin of pigeon

1
1350–1400; Middle English pejon young dove < Middle French pijon < Late Latin pīpiōn- (stem of pīpiō) squab, akin to pīpīre, pīpāre to chirp

Can be confusedpidgin pigeon

pigeon

2
[ pij-uh n ]
/ ˈpɪdʒ ən /

noun

(not in technical use) pidgin; pidgin English.
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British Dictionary definitions for pigeon

pigeon

1
/ (ˈpɪdʒɪn) /

noun

any of numerous birds of the family Columbidae, having a heavy body, small head, short legs, and long pointed wings: order ColumbiformesSee rock dove
slang a victim or dupe

Word Origin for pigeon

C14: from Old French pijon young dove, from Late Latin pīpiō young bird, from pīpīre to chirp

noun

British informal concern or responsibility (often in the phrase it's his, her, etc, pigeon)

Word Origin for pigeon

C19: altered from pidgin

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Word Origin and History for pigeon

pigeon

n.

late 14c. (early 13c. as a surname), from Old French pigeon "young dove" (13c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *pibionem, dissimilation from Late Latin pipionem (nominative pipio) "squab, young chirping bird" (3c.), from pipire "to peep, chirp," of imitative origin. Meaning "one easily duped" is from 1590s. Replaced culver (Old English culufre, from Vulgar Latin *columbra, from Latin columbula) and native dove.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with pigeon

pigeon

see clay pigeon; stool pigeon.

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