The ancient art of hunting with birds of prey, mainly falcons, hawks and sometimes eagles. This was almost exclusively an activity of the nobility.
   See Falconer.

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  • Falconry — Fal con*ry, n. [Cf. F. fauconnerie. See {Falcon}.] 1. The art of training falcons or hawks to pursue and attack wild fowl or game. [1913 Webster] 2. The sport of taking wild fowl or game by means of falcons or hawks. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • falconry — 1570s, from Fr. fauconnerie, from faucon (see FALCON (Cf. falcon)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • falconry — ► NOUN ▪ the keeping and training of falcons or other birds of prey; the sport of hunting with such birds …   English terms dictionary

  • falconry — [fôl′kənrē] n. [OFr fauconnerie] 1. the art of training falcons to hunt game 2. the sport of hunting with falcons …   English World dictionary

  • Falconry — For the unblack metal album, see Falconry (album). Flying a Saker Falcon …   Wikipedia

  • falconry — /fawl keuhn ree, fal , faw keuhn /, n. 1. the sport of hunting with falcons, hawks, eagles, etc.; hawking. 2. the art of training hawks to hunt. [1565 75; FALCON + RY, modeled on F fauconnerie] * * * Sport of employing falcons or other hawks in… …   Universalium

  • falconry — noun The sport of hunting by using trained birds of prey, especially falcons and hawks. ...looking up, I observed a very slight and graceful hawk, like a night hawk, alternately soaring like a ripple and tumbling a rod or two over and over,… …   Wiktionary

  • Falconry — Like other forms of hunting, falconry was the sport of kings and one requiring great skill. It was a particular favourite of Henry II. There were many kinds of hunting birds: gerfalcons (Falco rusticolus) came from Norway, Iceland and Greenland;… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • falconry — [[t]fɔ͟ːlkənri, fæ̱lk [/t]] N UNCOUNT Falconry is the skill of training falcons to hunt, and the sport of using them to hunt …   English dictionary

  • falconry — noun Date: 1575 1. the art of training hawks to hunt in cooperation with a person 2. the sport of hunting with hawks …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • FALCONRY —    the art and practice of employing trained hawks in the pursuit and capture on the wing of other birds, a sport largely indulged in by the upper classes in early times in Europe …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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