: a small Eurasian bird (Delichon urbica) of the swallow family with a forked tail, bluish-black head and back, and white rump and underparts
: any of various birds (especially genus Progne) of the swallow family other than the Eurasian martin — compare purple martin
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Origin of MARTIN
probably from St. Martin
First Known Use: 1589
Saint ca 316–397 Martin of Tours patron saint of France
Archer John Porter 1910–2002 British chem.
Glenn Luther 1886–1955 Am. airplane manuf.
Joseph William 1884–1968 Am. publisher & polit.
Paul (Edgar Philippe) 1938– prime min. of Canada (2003–06)
: a European swallow with a forked tail
: any of several birds (as the North American purple martin) resembling or related to the true martin
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