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

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The 1964 movie—as many already know—is about a reindeer who gets teased for his shiny red nose. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' Sparks Mystery Over the Island of Misfit Toys," 8 Dec. 2018 To make a reindeer: Wrap a box in brown craft paper. Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Animal Gift Wrap," 8 Oct. 2018 With three rotating seasonal menus—vegetable (June-September), game & forest (October-December), and seafood (winter 2019)—the restaurant offers anything from sea snail broth to reindeer tongue. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to Copenhagen from $310 Round-Trip," 2 Aug. 2018 This holiday store on steroids has a life-size nativity scene, a 6-foot-plus moose and polar bear, Santa's sleigh, real-life reindeer, and, of course, Santa visits for customers year-round. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "Every Day Is Chrismas at the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska," 23 Nov. 2015 In addition to the trip to the South Pole, the collection includes an eight-night tour to remote reindeer herders and eagle hunters of Mongolia meant to be paired with an Asia cruise. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "New Couture Collection tours at Silversea promise rare adventures," 29 June 2018 The village was once a stopover in the 1920s and ’30s for reindeer herders who would water their flocks at a thermal spring that didn’t freeze. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "In the coldest village on Earth, eyelashes freeze, dinner is frozen and temperatures sink to -88F," 16 Jan. 2018 One odd concern with Lamar Jackson is the Patriots playing reindeer games. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde5: Here's my intriguing dark-horse candidate for Dolphins' pick," 24 Apr. 2018 In Denmark and Norway, the modern-day julenisse is the bringer of Christmas gifts—much like Santa Claus, although in Norway his sleigh is pulled by goats instead of reindeer. Regina Hansen, WSJ, "The Ancient Magic of Elves," 21 Dec. 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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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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