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 of reindeer from the Web
Elk, wolves, reindeer, or musk oxen eat the dead grass underneath the snow by pushing the snow away with their horns, snouts, or hooves.
On the way back from a hike (on which Mother Nature conquered me … yet again) a couple of juvenile reindeer followed us for a bit.
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Origin and Etymology of reindeer
Middle English reindere, from Old Norse hreinn reindeer + Middle English deer animal, deer
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of reindeer for English Language Learners
: a large type of deer that lives in northern parts of the world
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