red deer


: elk sense 1b
used for one of the Old World

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In 1979, Prince Philip reintroduced red deer to the Deer Park and, in 2012, a row of young native oaks — called Ranger's Avenue — was planted. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2022 In 1979, Prince Philip reintroduced red deer to the Deer Park and, in 2012, a row of young native oaks — called Ranger's Avenue — was planted. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 14 Nov. 2022 Solitariness was observed among elderly female red deer on the Isle of Rum. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 28 Sep. 2022 Grouse and red deer, in season, comes from Balmoral, along with pheasant and partridge from Sandringham, and more pheasant from Windsor, too. Tom Parker Bowles, Town & Country, 15 May 2022 That’s unusual in the UK, where wild boar and red deer seem to have made up a more significant proportion of Mesolithic people’s diets. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 4 May 2022 Horses, ibex, reindeer, red deer, bison and chamois are prominent among the animals, which include just one or two possibly human forms. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Apr. 2022 Outrageous headdresses replaced by the distant antlers of the estate’s red deer. Vogue, 29 Mar. 2022 The bones of red deer, roe deer, and boar were made into wind instruments and decorative objects. Nick Squires, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of red deer was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Red deer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

red deer


: elk sense 2
used for one of Europe, Africa, and Asia

Geographical Definition

Red Deer

geographical name

river 385 miles (620 kilometers) long in southern Alberta, Canada, flowing east and southeast into the South Saskatchewan River
city in south central Alberta, Canada, on the Red Deer River south of Edmonton population 90,564

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