Basic+ Word of the Day: feather

feather (noun) LISTEN

A feather is one of the light structures that forms the covering of a bird.

  • Watch out for the blackbird with red feathers on its wings.
  • The pillow is filled with small, white feathers.

Common uses

feather your nest: to enrich yourself by taking advantage of your position. Example: “The governor feathered his nest with gifts from supporters.”

feather in your cap: a big achievement. Example: “Being elected as student council president is a feather in your cap.”

Did you know?

Birds of a feather flock together is an expression that means that people who are similar tend to associate with each other.

In pop culture

Listen to funk band Vulfpeck’s singing “Birds of Feather, We Rock Together.”

There are other meanings of feather.
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