dun·​lin | \ ˈdən-lən How to pronounce dunlin (audio) \
plural dunlins or dunlin

Definition of dunlin

: a small widely distributed sandpiper (Calidris alpina) that in breeding plumage is largely cinnamon to rusty brown above and white below with a large black patch on the belly

Examples of dunlin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At Plum Island, a merlin was noted along with an early dunlin and black guillemots; single black guillemots were also seen at Andrews Point in Rockport and in Gloucester Harbor. BostonGlobe.com, 31 July 2021 Sightings in Nauset Marsh in Eastham included a royal tern, a Caspian tern, a black skimmer, a dunlin, and 3 American oystercatchers. BostonGlobe.com, 24 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dunlin.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of dunlin

circa 1532, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dunlin

dun entry 1 + -lin (alteration of -ling)

Learn More About dunlin

Time Traveler for dunlin

Time Traveler

The first known use of dunlin was circa 1532

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near dunlin

Dun Laoghaire



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for dunlin

Cite this Entry

“Dunlin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dunlin. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on dunlin

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about dunlin


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!