Definitions

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

  • n. A young domestic hen, usually one that is less than one year old.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A young hen, especially one less than a year old.
  • n. A spineless person; a coward.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A young hen, or female of the domestic fowl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A young hen.
  • n. A bivalve, Tapes pullastra, of the family Veneridæ, abundant in European seas, chiefly in muddy sand or sandy bottoms near tide-mark.

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

  • n. flesh of a medium-sized young chicken suitable for frying
  • n. young hen usually less than a year old

Etymologies

Middle English pulet, from Old French polet, diminutive of poul, cock, and poule, hen, both from Latin pullus, young fowl, young animal, chicken.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman pullet, poulet ("young chicken"); polette ("young hen"), from poule ("hen"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Why Clay, I thought you knew a pullet is a bullet that has been pulled and can be reused.

    Stupid Moves

  • Some translations are trickier, like describing pullet, which is a hen less than a year old but appears on some menus as Sexually Inexperienced Chicken.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • For those of you who don't know, a pullet is a young hen, not even a year old.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • There was one unofficial poll taken by the Staley Milling Company in -- in Kansas, which had these things called pullet adams, which were a feed for -- for livestock.

    The Last Campaign: How Harry Truman Won the 1948 Election

  • It does not mean by this that a scrawny pullet is of more importance than family honor; it simply means that the man who steals a pullet is a cowardly thief, while the one who ignores the advances of a pretty woman is an incorrigible idiot.

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 1.

  • Next up for fans of beautiful creatures today, we have Dorcas the Silver Dorking pullet (a pullet is the term used for a young hen not yet in lay).

    British Blogs

  • At first, they lay what are called pullet eggs, which are very small.

    Signs of the Times

  • This is not to suggest that Dickson's book is a catalogue of bloopers, or what Amsel Greene (and Jack Smith) like to call pullet surprises.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XI No 3

  • She had noted down, in her tablets, the Urdû wherewith to ask whether a thing is procurable, and to order it, if procurable, to be forthcoming, with the appropriate outlandish words for "pullet" and "hoecake," and also those for straightforward answers, affirmative and negative.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 15, No. 87, March, 1875

  • Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal The second course of the stinky cheese meal prepared by Chef Andy D'Amico, below, at Marseille on West 44th Street: a creamy polenta with Taleggio, porcini cream, sage and a sunny-side up pullet egg.

    New York Photos of the Week: Feb. 9

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