Dictionary

tern

noun \ˈtərn\

: a kind of bird that lives near the ocean, is usually black and white, and has long wings and a tail with two points

Full Definition of TERN

:  any of various chiefly marine birds (subfamily Sterninae of the family Laridae and especially genus Sterna) that differ from the related gulls in usually smaller size, a more slender build, a sharply pointed bill, narrower wings, and an often forked tail

Illustration of TERN

Origin of TERN

of Scandinavian origin; akin to Dan terne tern
First Known Use: 1678
May 30, 2015
metadata Hear it
data about other data
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears