One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who keeps, trains, or hunts with falcons, hawks, or other birds of prey.
- ‘Quebec's falconers have the right to allow their birds of prey to soar overhead but the birds are forbidden to swoop down and nab other beasts.’
- ‘Sometimes they will bring in a falconer with a live falcon and scare the birds away.’
- ‘The falconers show us their range of beautiful but fairly sinister birds - hawks, eagles, vultures etc - and then treat us to an outdoor display with a falcon.’
- ‘Flushing out mammals to be caught by a bird is not an offence, although a trained falconer would probably have to be on hand to supervise the procedure.’
- ‘He explained that female birds are more often kept by falconers because they are more vicious hunters and better flyers, making them good for displays.’
Late Middle English: from Old French fauconier, from faucon (see falcon).
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