What does Partridge mean?

Definitions for Partridge
ˈpɑr trɪdʒpar·tridge

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. partridgenoun

    flesh of either quail or grouse

  2. tinamou, partridgenoun

    heavy-bodied small-winged South American game bird resembling a gallinaceous bird but related to the ratite birds

  3. partridgenoun

    small Old World gallinaceous game birds

  4. bobwhite, bobwhite quail, partridgenoun

    a popular North American game bird; named for its call

  5. ruffed grouse, partridge, Bonasa umbellusnoun

    valued as a game bird in eastern United States and Canada


  1. partridgenoun

    Any bird of a number of genera in the family Phasianidae, notably in the genera Perdix and Alectoris.

  2. Etymology: Via and, from perdix, from πέρδιξ.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Partridgenoun

    A bird of game.

    Etymology: perdrix, Fr. pertris, Welsh; perdix, Lat.

    The king is come out to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains. 1 Sam. xxvi. 20.


  1. Partridge

    A partridge is a medium-sized galliform bird in any of several genera, with a wide native distribution throughout parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. Several species have been introduced to the Americas. They are sometimes grouped in the Perdicinae subfamily of the Phasianidae (pheasants, quail, etc.). However, molecular research suggests that partridges are not a distinct taxon within the family Phasianidae, but that some species are closer to the pheasants, while others are closer to the junglefowl.


  1. partridge

    A partridge is a medium-sized bird belonging to the pheasant family. They are typically ground-nesting and non-migratory, known for their distinct waddling gait and rounded bodies. Partridges are native to Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and are often hunted for their meat and for sport.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Partridgenoun

    any one of numerous species of small gallinaceous birds of the genus Perdix and several related genera of the family Perdicidae, of the Old World. The partridge is noted as a game bird

  2. Partridgenoun

    any one of several species of quail-like birds belonging to Colinus, and allied genera

  3. Partridgenoun

    the ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus)

  4. Etymology: [OE. partriche, pertriche, OF. pertris, perdriz, F. perdrix, L. perdix, -icis, fr. Gr. pe`rdix.]


  1. Partridge

    Partridges are birds in the pheasant family, Phasianidae. They are a non-migratory Old World group. These are medium-sized birds, intermediate between the larger pheasants and the smaller quails. Partridges are native to Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Partridges are ground-nesting seed-eaters. According to Greek legend, the first partridge appeared when Daedalus threw his nephew, Perdix, off the sacred hill of Minerva in a fit of jealous rage. Supposedly mindful of his fall, the bird does not build its nest in the trees, nor take lofty flights and avoids high places. Partridges appear as part of the first gift listed in the Christmas carol, "The 12 Days of Christmas". As such, "A partridge in a pear tree" is sung as the last line of each chorus.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Partridge

    pär′trij, n. a genus of gallinaceous birds preserved for game.—n. Par′tridge-wood, a hard variegated wood, from Brazil and the West Indies, used in cabinet-work. [Fr. perdrix—L. perdix, perdicis—Gr. perdix.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Partridge is ranked #3589 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Partridge surname appeared 9,909 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Partridge.

    87.1% or 8,631 total occurrences were White.
    6.5% or 652 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 247 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 235 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 79 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 65 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Partridge in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Partridge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Partridge in a Sentence

  1. Walt Shaub:

    Haven't we had enough of nepotists in presidential administrations? it may be legal if Ricchetti wasn't directly involved in the hiring, but this is no way to send a message that ethics matters to the administration. It feels like the taxpayers are funding a career-building charity for the Ricchetti family. Add to that the fact that you've got Ricchetti'sbrother lobbying the administration, and this feels like a very special episode of the Partridge Family where they all pile in the van and go visit Washington — only they should call this show the Patronage Family.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    There is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue. Commit a crime and the earth is made of glass. Commit a crime, and it seems as if a coat of snow fell on the ground, such as reveals in the woods the track of every partridge, and fox, and squirrel.

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