life list


: a record kept of all birds sighted and identified by a birder

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The next phase of crafting a kickass life list is the most fun: get inspired! Jenny Earnest, Outside Online, 2 May 2020 And yet, riding this unforgiving climb is a life list accomplishment for many. Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2021 Similar to an avid birdwatcher, Gitler took the report and began adding different species to his birding life list. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Aug. 2021 Print or clip my personal sightings list, more than 70 species of shorebirds, waders, ducks, geese and raptors, and create your own life list. Tom Stienstra,, 15 Apr. 2020 As players launch the sports title they are greeted by a picture of Bryant with the dates of his life listed below his image. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Jan. 2020 Keep an eye out for this desert woodpecker as another species to add to your life list. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2019 The American coot should be one of the easier birds to add to your life list. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Aug. 2019 Birdwatchers can find sought-after species for life lists, including bald eagles, osprey, the pileated woodpecker, waterfowl and songbirds. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, 8 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of life list was in 1900

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Cite this Entry

“Life list.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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