Meaning of owl

owl

Pronunciation: (oul), [key]
— n.
  1. any of numerous, chiefly nocturnal birds of prey, of the order Strigiformes, having a broad head with large, forward-directed eyes that are usually surrounded by disks of modified feathers: many populations are diminishing owing to loss of habitat.
  2. one of a breed of domestic pigeons having an owllike appearance.
  3. See
  4. a person of owllike solemnity or appearance.
—adj.
  1. operating late at night or all night: an owl train.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
See also:
  • owl (Thesaurus)