king·​let ˈkiŋ-lət How to pronounce kinglet (audio)
: any of several small birds (genus Regulus) that are related to the gnatcatchers
: a weak or petty king

Examples of kinglet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is the prime time to find migrating fall warblers, vireos, and kinglets., 28 Aug. 2019 Sparrows, ovenbirds, juncos, warblers, kinglets, and creepers are just some of the species on the casualty list. Babak Tafreshi, National Geographic, 3 Apr. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of kinglet was in 1603

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“Kinglet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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king·​let ˈkiŋ-lət How to pronounce kinglet (audio)
: any of several small insect-eating birds

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