Meaning of hen feather in English:

hen feather

Pronunciation /ˈhɛn ˌfɛðə/


  • 1A feather from a hen, used especially for stuffing bedding, to ornament clothing, or as a lure in fly fishing.

  • 2Archery
    On a three-fletched arrow: either of the two identically-coloured fletchings that sit at angles to the cock feather.


Mid 18th century; earliest use found in William Ellis (c1700–1758), agriculturist and writer. From hen + feather.