Meaning of swan-upping in English:


Pronunciation /swɒnˈʌpɪŋ/


  • The annual practice of catching the swans on the River Thames and marking them to indicate ownership by the Crown or a corporation.

    ‘After swan-upping, the Dyers and Vintners settle down to a banquet - with roast swan on the menu.’
    • ‘This photograph of 1900 shows the annual swan-upping ceremony that takes place in July.’