Definition of partridge feather in US English:

partridge feather


  • 1(Usually in plural) feathers from partridges, valued medicinally, for personal adornment, etc., or for fly fishing.

  • 2Ceramics a type of glaze, originally used in China, resembling the pattern of a partridge's feather; usually attributive.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Blague (c1545–1611), dean of Rochester.