noun \ˈdir\

: a large wild animal that has four long thin legs, brown fur, and antlers if male

plural deer also deers

Full Definition of DEER

archaic :  animal; especially :  a small mammal
:  any of numerous slender-legged ruminant mammals (family Cervidae, the deer family) having usually brownish fur and antlers borne by the males of nearly all and by the females of a few forms
deer·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin of DEER

Middle English, deer, animal, from Old English dēor beast; akin to Old High German tior wild animal, Lithuanian dvasia breath, spirit
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole
DEERS Defined for Kids


noun \ˈdir\
plural deer

Definition of DEER for Kids

:  a mammal that has cloven hoofs and in the male antlers which are often branched
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