nounpl. -·tridges or -·tridge
- any of a number of medium-sized, short-tailed gallinaceous birds (family Phasianidae), esp., an Old World species (Perdix perdix) with an orange-brown head, a grayish neck, and a rust-colored tail, now established in N U.S.
- any of various birds resembling the partridge, as the ruffed grouse
Origin of partridgeMiddle English partriche from Old French perdriz, earlier perdiz from Classical Latin perdix from Gr, probably akin to perdesthai, to break wind ( from Indo-European base an unverified form perd- from source fart): from whirring sound made by wings on rising to fly