Middle English from Old French aigrettefrom Old Provençal aigretafromaigronheronof Germanic origin
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle English, from Anglo-Normanegret, Old French aigrette (“egret”), from Old Provençal aigreta, diminutive of aigron (“heron”), from Frankish*haigro (“heron”). Cognate with Old High German heigaro (“heron”), Old English hrāgra (“heron”). More at heron.
Egret Sentence Examples
In addition, numerous pelican, egret, and blue heron sightings occur during the summer months.
Birds are very numerous; they include various eagles, several kinds of heron, the egret, the marabout, the crane and the pelican; turacos or plantain-eaters, are common, as are other brilliantly plumaged birds.
Among these are the large white crane and small crane, the blue heron, the snowy-white egret, the roseate spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), stork, bittern and many species of ducks.
There were also many Yellow Wagtails feeding around the grazing cattle, plus one Little Egret.