Definition of poultry in English:

poultry

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Domestic fowl, such as chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese.

    • ‘There's lots of fish and seafood to be had, as well as a selection of poultry and red meat.’
    • ‘Specific arrangements may need to be put in place for poultry, horses, fish and exotic livestock.’
    • ‘Diseased and other poultry on the Infected Premises will be slaughtered quickly.’
    • ‘The poultry industry is backing the importance of good hygiene in the kitchen.’
    • ‘These included not only the normal range of meat joints and poultry, but also whole cattle and sheep.’
    • ‘If a farmer wants to take a basket of poultry or a goat or two to the market, the bus company will be kind enough to help.’
    • ‘If poultry are secured and lambing is done indoors, that would remove a food source for the foxes.’
    • ‘There are many pure breeds of poultry in the UK, some of which are quite rare.’
    • ‘Among the competitors were classes of cattle, sheep and poultry judged by the region's animal experts.’
    • ‘It would then be the duty of every owner and every person in charge of poultry in that area to comply with that notice.’
    • ‘More than one million poultry have been culled since the start of the year in a bid to stem the spread of the disease.’
    • ‘She milked the cows, reared poultry, made the butter and undertook a host of other chores.’
    • ‘If horses and poultry live on these holdings, they can also be included in the collection scheme.’
    • ‘The scheme now being introduced is a comprehensive one covering all farm animals and poultry.’
    • ‘Frozen turkeys or other poultry must always be thawed fully before cooking.’
    • ‘The authorities are also conducting tests on dead domestic poultry found in another area of the capital.’
    • ‘Half of that number are cow dairies and the other half raise beef cattle, poultry, goats, and sheep.’
    • ‘Shanghai is the main consumer of livestock and poultry in the Yangtze River Delta.’
    • ‘I love the fact that I can feed my family on our own home-grown pork, beef, lamb and poultry.’
    • ‘He added that there was also evidence that playing certain music reduced stress within poultry as well.’
    1. 1.1 The flesh of chickens and other domestic fowl as food:
      ‘I haven't eaten red meat for 19 years and poultry for 12 years’
      ‘raw or cooked meat and poultry’
      ‘anyone handling raw poultry should wash their hands thoroughly’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French pouletrie, from poulet pullet.

Pronunciation

poultry

/ˈpəʊltri/