rein·​deer ˈrān-ˌdir How to pronounce reindeer (audio)
: caribou
used especially for one of the Old World

Examples of reindeer in a Sentence

a large herd of reindeer
Recent Examples on the Web Polar bears will also snack on fish, eggs, kelp, berries, reindeer, rodents and shellfish. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2024 Randazzo also dressed as Rudolph the reindeer in a group picture from December 2019 that featured Dowling and Evans donning Santa suits. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 1 Apr. 2024 But he gets challenged by a super talented reindeer girl, Stella, who shatters that dream. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 12 Feb. 2024 The zoo’s bison and reindeer could also be seen tossing the trees and using them to nestle and scratch before chomping them. Adela Suliman, Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2024 The analysis led the association to temporarily close the hunt to relieve pressure on the population and to reintroduce hunting slowly once the number of reindeer increased. Hannah Hoag, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Feb. 2024 Tundra’ shows Santa grumbling as his right rear reindeer breaks formation: ‘JUMPIN’ GINGERBREAD! Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, 14 Jan. 2024 The anthropologist is best remembered for importing reindeer to the Scottish Highlands, centuries after they were hunted to extinction. Rachel Felder, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2024 Kari, the Sámi woman, who was tried in Finnmark in a Danish colonial court, described the Devil taking the form not of a local animal, such as a reindeer, but of a goat, a non-native animal associated with the colonizer. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 15 Jan. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Reindeer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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rein·​deer ˈrān-ˌdi(ə)r How to pronounce reindeer (audio)
plural reindeer also reindeers
: caribou
used especially for one of the Old World

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