Definition of robin
1a : a small chiefly European thrush (Erithacus rubecula) resembling a warbler and having a brownish-olive back and orangish face and breastb : any of various Old World songbirds that are related to or resemble the European robin
2 : a large North American thrush (Turdus migratorius) with olivaceous to slate-gray upperparts, blackish head and tail, black and whitish streaked throat, and dull reddish breast and underparts
Recent Examples of robin from the Web
The sky, bleached by the afternoon sun, was robin's egg blue at the horizon, darkening to indigo directly overhead.
The Western meadowlark's status as Oregon's state bird appears secure, as House lawmakers are not expected to vote on a bill that would supplant the robin-sized songbird from its perch in favor of the osprey.
No conference has a more intense league season than the Big 12 with its complete round-robin.
The sky, bleached by the afternoon sun, was robin’s egg blue at the horizon, darkening to indigo directly overhead.
Posipalooza Positive Music Festival Sloan Wainwright, Roger Tomhave, Sue Riley, and Glen Roethel perform in a round-robin format, sharing how songs were written and creating impromptu arrangements. 7 p.m. Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Rd.,
A sousaphone plays mournfully in its lowest register, while a man whistles robin calls, and two people chat conspiratorially.
But, thanks to the round-robin format at the tournament, that wasn't the end of the Austin-Evert showdown at this event.
The robin started coming around our side door a few weeks ago.
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Origin and Etymology of robin
akin to Dutch dialect robijntje linnet, Frisian robyntsje
First Known Use: circa 1550See Words from the same year
ROBIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of robin for English Language Learners
: a North American bird with a grayish back and reddish breast
: a small European bird with a brownish back and orange face and breast
ROBIN Defined for Kids
Definition of robin for Students
1 : a large North American songbird with a grayish back and dull reddish breast
2 : a small European songbird with an orange throat and breast
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