Definition of reins

 (Entry 1 of 2)

plural of rein entry 1

present tense third-person singular of rein entry 2

\ 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 Musk had already taken the reins of several departments — including Field’s, which was vehicle production. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Tesla still isn’t shipping its $35,000 Model 3 — and Elon Musk keeps shifting his production targets," 22 May 2018 But the tax law enacted in December reins in several of those advantages. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "What to Expect From the Housing Market This Spring," 28 Mar. 2018

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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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Cite this Entry

“Reins.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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