Definition of jay in English:


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Pronunciation: /dʒeɪ


  • 1A bird of the crow family with boldly patterned plumage, typically having blue feathers in the wings or tail.
    • Family Corvidae: several genera and numerous species, in particular the Eurasian Garrulus glandarius, with a crest, mainly pinkish-brown plumage, and a harsh screech
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    • Disturbance after eggs are laid provides opportunities for predation by carrion crows, jays, kestrels, magpies, foxes and mink.
    • The corvines - crows, rooks, jays, magpies and jackdaws - are relentless stealers of other birds' eggs and chicks.
    • Anyone who has watched crows, jays, ravens and other members of the corvid family will know they're anything but ‘birdbrained.’
  • 2 informal , • dated A person who talks at length in a foolish or impertinent way.


late 15th century: via Old French from late Latin gaius, gaia, perhaps from the Latin given name Gaius.

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