What does pigeon mean?

Definitions for pigeon
ˈpɪdʒ ənpi·geon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pigeonnoun

    wild and domesticated birds having a heavy body and short legs


  1. pigeonnoun

    One of several birds of the family Columbidae, which consists of more than 300 species.

  2. pigeonnoun

    A person who is a target or victim of a confidence game.

  3. pigeonverb

    to deceive with a confidence game

  4. Etymology: pyjon, from pipionem, accusative singular of pipio, from pipio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pigeonnoun

    A fowl bred in cots or a small house: in some places called dovecote.

    Etymology: pigeon, Fr.

    This fellow picks up wit as pigeons peas. William Shakespeare.

    A turtle, dove and a young pigeon. Gen. xv. 9.

    Perceiving that the pigeon had lost a piece of her tail, through the next opening of the rocks rowing with all their might, they passed safe, only the end of their poop was bruised. Walter Raleigh.

    Fix’d in the mast, the feather’d weapon stands,
    The fearful pigeon flutters in her bands. Dryden.

    See the cupola of St. Paul’s covered with both sexes, like the outside of a pigeon-house. Joseph Addison, Guardian.

    This building was design’d a model,
    Or of a pigeon-house or oven,
    To bake one loaf, or keep one dove in. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pigeonnoun

    any bird of the order Columbae, of which numerous species occur in nearly all parts of the world

  2. Pigeonnoun

    an unsuspected victim of sharpers; a gull

  3. Pigeonverb

    to pluck; to fleece; to swindle by tricks in gambling

  4. Etymology: [F., fr. L. pipio a young pipping or chirping bird, fr. pipire to peep, chirp. Cf. Peep to chirp.]


  1. Pigeon

    Pigeon is a village in Huron County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,208 at the 2010 census. The village is within Winsor Township.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pigeon

    pij′un, n. a well-known bird, the dove: any bird of the dove family.—adjs. Pig′eon-breast′ed, having a physical deformity, due to rickets, in which the chest is flattened from side to side, and the sternum or breast-bone is thrown forward; Pig′eon-heart′ed, timid: fearful.—n. Pig′eon-hole, a hole or niche in which pigeons lodge in a dovecot: a division of a case for papers, &c.—v.t. to put into a pigeon-hole: to lay aside and treat with neglect.—n. Pig′eon-house, a dovecot.—adj. Pig′eon-liv′ered, timid: cowardly.—n. Pig′eonry, a place for keeping pigeons.—adj. Pig′eon-toed, having feet like pigeons, peristeropod: having turned-in toes. [Fr.,—L. pipio, -onispipīre, to chirp.]

Editors Contribution

  1. pigeon

    A type of bird.

    There are over 300 different varieties of pigeon across the world and are a variety of colors.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 6, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pigeon in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pigeon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of pigeon in a Sentence

  1. Jim Hightower:

    The only difference between a pigeon and the American farmer today is that a pigeon can still make a deposit on a John Deere.

  2. Shailendra Mishra:

    The pigeon was set free yesterday (May 28) after nothing suspicious was found.

  3. Georgina Burke:

    Plus-size models are the exact same as the standard model, we are just on grander scale so why pigeon hole us by putting a label on it?!

  4. Perrin Anderson:

    Debris and vehicles washed downstream in the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River from the campground.

  5. Swiss Major General Urs Gerber:

    Since May 1995, they've never emptied that pigeon hole, their argument is they can't take mail from an organization which doesn't exist.

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