nounpl. -·grets or -·gret
- any of several herons (esp. genus Egretta), usually with long, white plumes
- aigrette (sense )
Origin of egretMiddle English from Old French aigrette, kind of heron, tuft of feathers from Provençal aigreta from aigron from Frankish an unverified form heigro: see heron
Any of several usually white herons of the genera Ardea, Bubulcus, and Egretta, characteristically having long, showy plumes during the breeding season.
Origin of egretMiddle English from Old French aigrette from Old Provençal aigreta from aigron heron of Germanic origin
cattle egret, Bubulcus ibis, in breeding plumage
- Any of various wading birds of the genera Egretta or Ardea that includes herons, many of which are white or buff, and several of which develop fine plumes during the breeding season.
- A plume or tuft of feathers worn as a part of a headdress, or anything imitating such an ornament; an aigrette.
- (botany) The flying feathery or hairy crown of seeds or achenes, such as the down of the thistle.