poultry

[ pohl-tree ]
/ ˈpoʊl tri /

noun

domesticated fowl collectively, especially those valued for their meat and eggs, as chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and guinea fowl.

Nearby words

  1. poult-de-soie,
  2. poulter,
  3. poulter's measure,
  4. poulterer,
  5. poultice,
  6. poultryman,
  7. pounce,
  8. pouncet box,
  9. pound,
  10. pound cake

Origin of poultry

1350–1400; Middle English pulletrie < Middle French pouleterie. See pullet, -ery

Related formspoul·try·less, adjectivepoul·try·like, adjective

Can be confusedpaltry poultry

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British Dictionary definitions for poultry

poultry

/ (ˈpəʊltrɪ) /

noun

domestic fowls collectively

Word Origin for poultry

C14: from Old French pouletrie, from pouletier poultry-dealer

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Word Origin and History for poultry

poultry

n.

"domestic fowls," late 14c. (mid-14c. as "place where poultry is sold"), from Old French pouletrie "domestic fowl" (late 13c.), from pouletier "dealer in domestic fowl," from poulet "young fowl" (see pullet).

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