rein·​deer | \ ˈrān-ˌdir How to pronounce reindeer (audio) \

Definition of reindeer

: 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 How does Santa Claus communicate with a reindeer who’s hard of hearing? Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Here’s 2 chances to see sign-language Christmas performances," 3 Dec. 2019 Stop by Clay Terrace and meet some of Santa' s reindeer in front one of his many winter homes. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "These are the 22 best things to do with kids around Indianapolis in December," 29 Nov. 2019 Here's a sampling: At the Home Depot kids workshop, kids can build a wooden reindeer and sleigh (while supplies last). Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Glendale Glitters starts soon. Here's what you need to know, including where to park," 22 Nov. 2019 Changes that impact people today — the health of the reindeer, the viability of the herds. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Vanishing ice puts Mongolia's reindeer herders at risk," 20 Nov. 2019 In recent years, swarms of mosquitoes, incubated by warming temperatures, have driven many of the reindeer away from their regular route. New York Times, "Still the Undisputed Champs of Mammalian Migrations," 18 Nov. 2019 Santa Claus and his reindeer will ride along on an open-air flat car. Mary Wisniewski,, "CTA Holiday Train will start rolling the day after Thanksgiving," 21 Nov. 2019 The segment wasn’t all snowflakes and reindeer, though. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "James Corden Tried — and Failed — to Take On the Role of Elsa in a 'Frozen 2' Crosswalk Performance," 21 Nov. 2019 Just in time for the holidays, two reindeer have landed at the Oregon Zoo. oregonlive, "2 reindeer arrive at the Oregon Zoo," 21 Nov. 2019

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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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11 Dec 2019

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“Reindeer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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 How to pronounce reindeer (audio) \
plural reindeer

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