Definition of poultry in English:

poultry

noun

  • 1Domestic fowl, such as chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese.

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

/ˈpōltrē//ˈpoʊltri/