mar·​tin | \ ˈmär-tᵊn How to pronounce martin (audio) \

Definition of martin

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1 : a small Eurasian bird (Delichon urbica) of the swallow family with a forked tail, bluish-black head and back, and white rump and underparts
2 : any of various birds (especially genus Progne) of the swallow family other than the Eurasian martin — compare purple martin


biographical name (1)
Mar·​tin | \ ˈmär-tᵊn How to pronounce Martin (audio) , mär-ˈtaⁿ\

Definition of Martin (Entry 2 of 6)

Saint circa 316–397 Martin of Tours patron saint of France


biographical name (2)
Mar·​tin | \ ˈmär-tᵊn How to pronounce Martin (audio) \

Definition of Martin (Entry 3 of 6)

Archer John Porter 1910–2002 British chemist


biographical name (3)

Definition of Martin (Entry 4 of 6)

Glenn Luther 1886–1955 American airplane manufacturer


biographical name (4)

Definition of Martin (Entry 5 of 6)

Joseph William 1884–1968 American publisher and politician


biographical name (5)
Mar·​tin | \ ˈmär-tᵊn How to pronounce Martin (audio) , mär-ˈtaⁿ\

Definition of Martin (Entry 6 of 6)

Paul (Edgar Philippe) 1938–     prime minister of Canada (2003–06)

Examples of martin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

During the day, purple martins fly in and out of the birdhouse in the backyard. Brantley Hargrove, Popular Mechanics, "How to Stop the Wind," 3 Aug. 2017 In some species of bird, such as the purple martin, a male will allow another male to occupy part of his territory in exchange for help raising his young. Ben Crair,, "The Secret Economic Lives of Animals," 1 Aug. 2017 Much of the prosecutorial strategy depends on how much leeway the military judge provides Martins to use Khan. Spencer Ackerman, WIRED, "9/11 Snitch Springs U.S. From Torture Trial Trap," 9 Apr. 2012 Martins declined comment through the Pentagon’s war court spokesman, Air Force Maj. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "U.S. charges Hambali at Guantánamo with Bali, Jakarta terrorist bombings," 23 June 2017 Martins said the contract between Disney and the Magic includes provisions for renewal if the league decides to continue the program after the 2019-20 season. Josh Robbins,, "Disney becomes Magic jersey sponsor," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of martin


circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for martin


probably from St. Martin

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English Language Learners Definition of martin

: a small bird that is related to the swallows


mar·​tin | \ ˈmär-tᵊn How to pronounce martin (audio) \

Kids Definition of martin

1 : a European swallow with a forked tail
2 : any of several birds (as the North American purple martin ) resembling or related to the true martin

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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