Definition of reins

 (Entry 1 of 2)

plural of rein entry 1

present tense third-person singular of rein entry 2


plural noun
\ ˈrānz How to pronounce reins (audio) \

Definition of reins (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : kidneys
b : the region of the kidneys : loins
2 : the seat of the feelings or passions

Examples of reins in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Plural noun Other suburban communities, as well as the city of Minneapolis, are also tightening the reins. Shannon Prather, Star Tribune, "Roseville restricts short-term rentals after problem party houses," 9 Feb. 2021 Once Meacham left after the 2016 season, Cumbie was given the reins to the offense. Dallas News, "Meet Texas Tech football’s lone coaching staff addition in 2021: OC Sonny Cumbie," 27 Jan. 2021 White will take the reins of the nation’s oldest police department as some mayoral candidates have pushed for bolder criminal justice reforms. Andrew Ryan,, "‘I think it’s time.’ William Gross talks retirement, politics, George Floyd," 29 Jan. 2021 Other suburban communities, as well as the city of Minneapolis, are also tightening the reins. Shannon Prather Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "After wild parties, suburbs reining in short-term rentals," 23 Jan. 2021 Originally, this meal was made with strips of pig skin (referred to as riendas or reins) rather than spaghetti. Miska Lewis, Bon Appétit, "Porotos Con Riendas is the Stew to End All Stews," 21 Jan. 2021 He's had the reins for the last six games, completing 70% of his passes for 1,495 yards with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions down the stretch. Amie Just | Staff Writer,, "The Edge: Matchups in wild card game vs. Bears favorable for Saints," 9 Jan. 2021 Segars, who was an assistant wrestling and football coach at Vestavia before taking the AD reins, said Anderson’s announcement that 2020 was going to be his final season wasn’t really an advantage in seeking his replacement. al, "Vestavia Hills aims to fill Buddy Anderson’s shoes at Jan. 25 board meeting," 5 Jan. 2021 Jockey Mike Smith, who was doing nothing more than a hand-ride, shook the reins and showed the riding crop, to get Life Is Good’s mind back on finishing the race. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Life Is Good wins in perplexing style," 3 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of reins

Plural noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for reins

Plural noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin renes

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The first known use of reins was in the 12th century

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“Reins.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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