Definition of heron in English:


Syllabification: her·on
Pronunciation: /ˈherən


  • A large fish-eating wading bird with long legs, a long S-shaped neck, and a long pointed bill.
    • Family Ardeidae (the heron family): several genera and numerous species, including the great blue heron (Ardea herodias)
    More example sentences
    • The Cattle Egret is a small heron, usually found near grazing mammals.
    • Unlike most herons, the Green Heron does not typically nest in large colonies.
    • It was one of the trees that often allowed a heron or egret a perch during the summer, but they were all gone now.


Middle English: from Old French, of Germanic origin.

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