martin

noun

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

Examples of martin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The martins gather to form huge communal roosts at several sites in both Carolinas. Taylor Piephoff, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Become a Subscriber Modern martins have become downright trusting of people. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 17 Oct. 2023 Recent research has revealed that purple martins rely on larger insects for their food, including dragonflies; and dragonflies eat many more mosquitoes than martins do. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Mar. 2023 Recent research has revealed that purple martins rely on larger insects for their food, including dragonflies; and dragonflies eat many more mosquitoes than martins do. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Mar. 2023 The favorite house has six pairs of nesters while two other houses just a year old do not have any martins. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 30 Apr. 2020 Sparrows and martins squabble but eventually share the house. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 27 Feb. 2020 Earth smells and the pungency of privet and balsam were still acute at this hour, unmingled; the shadows were as bold as in a child’s picture book; swifts and house martins tracked across the pale sky overhead, shrilling in thrilled anticipation. Tessa Hadley, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2019 During the day, purple martins fly in and out of the birdhouse in the backyard. Brantley Hargrove, Popular Mechanics, 3 Aug. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

probably from St. Martin

First Known Use

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of martin was circa 1525

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Cite this Entry

“Martin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/martin. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

martin

noun
mar·​tin ˈmärt-ᵊn How to pronounce martin (audio)
: a small Eurasian swallow with a forked tail, bluish black head and back, a white underside, and a large white patch on the back at the base of the tail
also : any of various related birds

Biographical Definition

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biographical name (1)

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

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Archer John Porter 1910–2002 British chemist

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Glenn Luther 1886–1955 American airplane manufacturer

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Joseph William 1884–1968 American publisher and politician

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Micheál 1960-     prime minister of Ireland (2020–2022)

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Mar·​tin ˈmär-tᵊn How to pronounce Martin (audio)
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Paul (Edgar Philippe) 1938–     prime minister of Canada (2003–06)

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