from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sign of cowardice.
- idiom show the white feather To act like a coward.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a mark or symbol of cowardice. See To show the white feather, under Feather, n.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a symbol of cowardice
Andromache had not heard the words that passed between them, but she had seen Argurios draw a small white feather from the blood-smeared pouch at his side and place it in Laodike’s hand.
To their side was the Prince, with Herr Flaüss, masked and apparently having regained the power to stand, to his left and to his right, clinging smilingly to his arm, a slim blonde woman in white robes and a white feather mask.
Rose was in a fidget of business, and the tip of her bonnet's white feather executed all manner of arcs and curves in the air, within imminent distance of Mr. Satterthwaite's face.
A solitary white feather uprose from his kinky, glossy, black hair.