Definition of partridge in English:



  • A short-tailed game bird with mainly brown plumage, native to Eurasia.

    • ‘Then thoroughly rub each partridge with a lemon quarter so that they are well seasoned with lemon juice, particularly over their breasts.’
    • ‘The fact that a new genus of partridge was formally described just three years ago tells how little is known about a large percentage of the species in that group.’
    • ‘One day, a father and son went hunting on a Northern Reserve, looking for moose and partridge for their coming ceremonial feast.’
    • ‘The ubiquitous starling is one of the most widespread problem species but blackbirds, partridges, robins, sparrows, thrushes, and finches are also common.’
    • ‘To determine whether the grey peacock belongs with the partridges or peafowl, more data are necessary.’
    • ‘Think roast partridge with wild mushrooms followed by a little pot of chocolate rosemary.’
    • ‘We see deer and moose crossing the meadow, we have partridge on the driveway, we see foxes regularly.’
    • ‘There were also a number of snipe, woodcock, and red legged partridge taken.’
    • ‘For many years this bird was persecuted by game preservers who believed that it was detrimental to both pheasants and partridges.’
    • ‘Saddle of venison with garden golden turnips and an elderberry sauce and roasted partridge with braised red cabbage, celeriac and truffle foam were among the delights on the menu.’
    • ‘But after ordering partridge with red cabbage and creamed potato for £17, I picked my target.’
    • ‘It wasn't long before her cheap and fresh partridge gained popularity among the residents there.’
    • ‘A group of partridge exploded out from a nearby grassy knoll.’
    • ‘How it got in the tree is still a mystery, since partridges are strictly ground birds.’
    • ‘The club released almost 50 partridge into the wild this year, thus re-stocking a breed which has become almost extinct in the area.’
    • ‘Raptors are known to prey on game species, such as quails, partridges, pheasants and rabbits.’
    • ‘And he found a number of bird species, such as the corn bunting, tree sparrow, grey partridge, skylark, linnet and yellow wagtail, which have been seriously declining since the growth of intensive agriculture.’
    • ‘Thousands of the partridges, a native bird of Spain, are being bred in captivity and then released into the wild in Scotland.’
    • ‘Rather than flapping the wings from back to belly, as other birds do, the partridges flap from head to tail.’
    • ‘Rare orchids bloom in the island's interior and the game season from September to March brings hunters to the forests looking for duck, pigeon, and partridge.’


Middle English partrich, from Old French pertriz, perdriz, from Latin perdix.