feather in one's cap

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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feth -er]
    • /ˈfɛð ər ɪn wʌnz kæp/
    • /ˈfeðə(r) ɪn wʌnz kæp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feth -er]
    • /ˈfɛð ər ɪn wʌnz kæp/

Definitions of feather in one's cap words

  • noun feather in one's cap one of the horny structures forming the principal covering of birds, consisting typically of a hard, tubular portion attached to the body and tapering into a thinner, stemlike portion bearing a series of slender, barbed processes that interlock to form a flat structure on each side. 1
  • noun feather in one's cap kind; character; nature: two boys of the same feather. 1
  • noun feather in one's cap something like a feather, as a tuft or fringe of hair. 1
  • noun feather in one's cap something very light, small, or trivial: Your worry is a mere feather. 1
  • noun feather in one's cap Archery. one of the vanes at the tail of an arrow or dart. 1
  • noun feather in one's cap Carpentry. a spline for joining the grooved edges of two boards. 1

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Origin of feather in one's cap

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English, Old English fether; cognate with Dutch veder, German Feder, Old Norse fjǫthr; akin to Greek pterón, Sanskrit pátram wing, feather

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feather in one's cap popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

Synonyms for feather in one's cap

noun feather in one's cap

  • classic — A classic example of a thing or situation has all the features which you expect such a thing or situation to have.
  • coup — When there is a coup, a group of people seize power in a country.
  • masterpiece — a person's greatest piece of work, as in an art.
  • masterwork — masterpiece.
  • showpiece — something that is displayed or exhibited.

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