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noun mar·tin \ˈmär-tən\

Definition of martin

  1. 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. 2 :  any of various birds (especially genus Progne) of the swallow family other than the Eurasian martin — compare purple martin

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Origin and Etymology of martin

probably from St. Martin


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biographical name Mar·tin \ˈmär-tən, mär-ˈtaⁿ\

Definition of Martin

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


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biographical name Mar·tin \ˈmär-tən\

Definition of Martin

  1. Archer John Porter 1910–2002 British chemist


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Definition of Martin

  1. Glenn Luther 1886–1955 American airplane manufacturer


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Definition of Martin

  1. Joseph William 1884–1968 American publisher and politician


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biographical name Mar·tin \ˈmär-tən, mär-ˈtaⁿ\

Definition of Martin

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


MARTIN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of martin for English Language Learners

  • : a small bird that is related to the swallows


MARTIN Defined for Kids

martin

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noun mar·tin \ˈmär-tən\

Definition of martin for Students

  1. 1 :  a European swallow with a forked tail

  2. 2 :  any of several birds (as the North American purple martin) resembling or related to the true martin



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