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Definition of "partridge" [par•tridge]

  • Any of several plump-bodied Old World game birds, especially of the genera Perdix and Alectoris, related to the pheasants and grouse. (noun)
  • Any of several birds, such as the ruffed grouse or the bobwhite, similar or related to the partridge. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "partridge" in a sentence
  • "The wild Turkeys, the wild pigeon, a bird which they call a partridge, but above all the rice-bird, which is the Ortalon in its highest perfection, and from the water the finest ducks that possibly can be met with, and so plenty that when on wing sixteen or eighteen are killed at a shot."
  • "The red-legged, or Guernsey, partridge is very superior for the table to the common kind."
  • "PAUL KARCZMARCYK, RUFFED GROUSE SOCIETY, NEW ENGLAND: The name partridge actually comes from a European species."