rein·​deer | \ˈrān-ˌdir \

Definition of reindeer 

: caribou used especially for one of the Old World

Examples of reindeer in a Sentence

a large herd of reindeer

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And a singing Santa entertains guests on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday nights, and reads to kids on Mondays and Fridays. All the rooms and suites contain festive decorations, too, with wreaths, red velvet bedding, and reindeer sculptures. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "This Hotel Celebrates Christmas All Year Round Because Holiday Miracles Are Real," 19 Oct. 2018 Last year a reindeer hunter found an 1,100-year-old Viking sword on a remote mountaintop in Southern Norway. James Rogers, Fox News, "Perfectly-preserved 1,000-year-old hunter's dart discovered in melting ice," 7 Sep. 2018 The impact incinerated 800 square miles of forest and the reindeer within it and left enough dust in the atmosphere that, for several nights afterward, people in Europe could read newspapers until midnight. New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Asteroid Day," 20 June 2018 The singing reindeer outside an adjacent New York City townhouse officially offended the Upper East Side grinch. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "A Grinch Is Suing His Neighbor for Playing Christmas Music," 14 Dec. 2016 Inviting mountains, glaciers, deep coastal fjords, pet a reindeer. John Cherwa,, "Olympics Buzz: The winners and losers of the Pyeongchang Games," 24 Feb. 2018 Other notable examples: Finland: About 450 miles of barbed wire fencing prevent reindeer from wandering across the border into Russia. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "From 7 to 77: There's been an explosion in building border walls since World War II," 24 May 2018 The room opens onto several others overflowing with fascinating angling displays that run the technological gamut from a bone hook from around 10,000 B.C. in Netherlands, a hooks and line from 3,000 B.C., reindeer antler harpoons from France circa. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, "German hunting, fishing museum spans history back to the stone age," 14 June 2018 The first Conifa World Cup was held in the northern Swedish city of Ostersund, in 2014 — not far from where Mr. Blind’s family, who belong to Sweden’s indigenous Sami minority, herd their ancestral reindeer. New York Times, "In Alternative World Cup for Would-be Nations, Karpatalya Beats North Cyprus," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of reindeer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reindeer

Middle English reindere, from Old Norse hreinn reindeer + Middle English deer animal, deer

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The first known use of reindeer was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of reindeer

: a large type of deer that lives in northern parts of the world


rein·​deer | \ˈrān-ˌdir \
plural reindeer

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