Meaning of “bird” in the English Dictionary

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"bird" in British English

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birdnoun [ C ]

uk /bɜːd/ us /bɝːd/

bird noun [ C ] (CREATURE)

A1 a creature with feathers and wings, usually able to fly:

caged/wild birds
wading birds
Most birds lay eggs in the spring.
Penguins and ostriches are flightless birds (= they cannot fly).
We watched a flock of birds fly over the field.

More examples

  • The poor bird couldn't fly because it had a broken wing.
  • In September, these birds migrate 2,000 miles south to a warmer climate.
  • We were woken early by the sound of the birds singing.
  • The noise of the car startled the birds and the whole flock flew up into the air.
  • Cuckoos are famous for laying their eggs in the nests of other birds.

bird noun [ C ] (PERSON)

informal a particular type of person:

He's a tough old bird.

UK slang a young woman:

Is that Lee's new bird?

(Definition of “bird” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bird" in American English

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birdnoun [ C ]

us /bɜrd/

a creature with feathers and wings, usually able to fly:

a flock of birds

Bird is often used in combination to describe a particular type of bird:

(Definition of “bird” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)