Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A young rooster.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A young male chicken.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A young cock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A young domestic cock; specifically, the male of the domestic fowl up to one year old. Both cockerel and pullet are specifically called chicks, as distinguished from fowls.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a young domestic cock; not older than one year

Etymologies

Middle English cokerel, diminutive of cok, cock; see cock1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English cockerelle, equivalent to cock +‎ -rel. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "This cockerel is going to be the best thing I've seen all night, but I've already bought something," he said.

    Charity Begins With Home Furnishings

  • Doubtless we shall all be confounded in due course, for examining the entrails of a recently slaughtered cockerel is no more reliable now than it was in Roman times.

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  • The cockerel is a popular motif in modernist art, symbolising regeneration, awakening and strength.

    The Guardian World News

  • In one room entitled "Adieu myths", the exhibition also debunks the idea that the cockerel was a Gallic emblem, even if gallus in Latin means "cockerel" and "Gaul".

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Although Clare felt that her cockerel was the best that she'd ever bred, she was unprepared for a phone call on Saturday lunchtime telling her that she'd won best of breed.

    FWi - All News

  • In the kitchen, underneath the mirror and to the left of the etching of the cockerel was the word outspoken.

    Six Sentences

  • One MDC supporter described it like plucking the feathers off a cockerel (the cockerel is the symbol of Zanu-PF).

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  • For with a contemptuous laugh the Yankee uttered the one word "cockerel," and slammed down and fastened the light.

    The Black Bar

  • The "cockerel" side of these birds has white feathers, large wattles and breast muscles, whereas the smaller

    Scientific American

  • So when we stood on a small patch of ground there, beside the ancient chapel and no more than a few yards from the crowded dual carriageway, with two sleeping pygmy goats, a crested cockerel and two hens for company, we were as unaware of the hordes racing past as they were of us or of the chapel, and seemingly translated into a different sphere of existence from theirs.

    Country diary: Chapel Cross, Somerset

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  • This WeirdNet definition is fine, until you check its definition of cock.

    November 29, 2007

  • "Outflings my lord Stephen, giving the cry, and a tag and bobtail of all them after, cockerel, jackanapes, welsher, pilldoctor, punctual Bloom at heels with a universal grabbing at headgear, ashplants, bilbos, Panama hats and scabbards, Zermatt alpenstocks and what not."
    Joyce, Ulysses, 14

    January 27, 2007