mar·​ten | \ ˈmär-tᵊn How to pronounce marten (audio) \
plural marten or martens

Definition of marten

1 : any of several semiarboreal slender-bodied carnivorous mammals (genus Martes) of the weasel family that occur in the northern hemisphere
2 : the fur or pelt of a marten

Examples of marten in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fisher cat is a member of the weasel family and is most closely related to a mink or a marten. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2022 That would equate to over 1,000 marten in a three-month season. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Jan. 2022 Aristotle also compared the dog to a marten, a member of the weasel family, perhaps because of its size. New York Times, 4 Oct. 2021 Pelts from these marten are used world-wide to make clothing for warmth and fashion. Toby Walrath, Outdoor Life, 7 Dec. 2020 Mink are members of the Mustelidae family that also includes weasels, badgers, otters, marten and wolverines. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Nov. 2020 Top prices for marten are around $70, and that is for the best — the average will come in far lower. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Jan. 2020 Researchers also saw higher numbers of racoons, Japanese marten, a weasel-like animal, and Japanese macaque or monkeys in uninhabited or restricted zones. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, 7 Jan. 2020 The meat-eating Humboldt marten is about the size of a kitten and is related to minks. Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of marten

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for marten

Middle English martryn, from Anglo-French martrine marten fur, from Old French martre marten, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English mearth marten

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“Marten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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mar·​ten | \ ˈmär-tᵊn How to pronounce marten (audio) \

Kids Definition of marten

: a slender animal related to the weasel that has soft gray or brown fur and often climbs trees

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