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 Cocktails arrive in tiki glasses shaped like snowmen or in mugs decorated with sledding reindeer and penguins. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 And there was evidence of reindeer Left on the front lawn. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 25 Dec. 2019 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 The video showed people entering Westminster Abbey on December 8 for the concert, some stopping to say hello to a real reindeer. Stephanie Petit,, 23 Dec. 2021 Many other groups and individuals also participated in Saturday’s fundraiser, including a Providence Medical Group Alaska team dressed in scrubs and capes, a group in a colorful ‘80s ensemble and participants dressed as an elf and a reindeer. Emily Mesner, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Dec. 2021 The Regifter, a mix of earthy rum Agricole, cherry and garam masala, arrives in a comical glass depicting Santa as a lei-wearing mermaid; the ceramic tiki bowl for two is shaped like a hot tub with Santa and a reindeer relaxing inside. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 All of that was combined to create a sweater with a giant reindeer standing in a snowy field wearing a Santa hat. Chris Morris, Fortune, 10 Dec. 2021 The venue space will also include a hot cocoa bar, fire pits and a reindeer on site. cleveland, 23 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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9 May 2022

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“Reindeer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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