rein·​deer | \ ˈrān-ˌdir \

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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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 Founded by Russian geophysicist Sergei Zimov, the 16 square-kilometer park is filled with around 100 animals roaming free including bison, musk ox, moose, yaks, horses and reindeer. Paul Mann, Smithsonian, "Can Bringing Back Mammoths Help Stop Climate Change?," 14 May 2018 Enjoy local arts and food vendors, live music, bed races, a junior rodeo, a scavenger hunt, a free reindeer petting zoo and more at this three-day celebration. Anchorage Daily News, "Coming up: Colony Days, a summer burlesque show and Alyeska Bike Park opens," 8 June 2018 He was accompanied by his two-year-old son, Prince Alexander, who was festively dressed in a Santa hat, reindeer sweater, and tiny red pants. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Royal Zaddy Prince Carl Philip of Sweden Gets Into the Holiday Spirit with His Adorable Baby," 17 Dec. 2018 Choose from nativity scenes, Santa and his reindeer, and a number of other cheery characters. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Here's Your First Look at The Home Depot's Best New Christmas Decorations," 14 Oct. 2018 Since the mid-1990s, the size of reindeer and caribou herds has declined by 56 percent. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The Arctic has lost 2.6 million reindeer over the past 20 years," 11 Dec. 2018 With elves and reindeer there to help him along his way, the careless dad learns to accept his new fate and embrace the holiday cheer. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "The Best Christmas Movies to Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Nov. 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 \
plural reindeer

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