rob·​in | \ ˈrä-bən \

Definition of robin

1a : a small chiefly European thrush (Erithacus rubecula) resembling a warbler and having a brownish-olive back and orangish face and breast
b : 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

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Photo: robin van lonkhuijsen/epa-efe/re/Shutterstock Europe’s next step will be arranging trucks, ships and railcars that can be summoned on short notice, officials say. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "NATO Dusts Off a Cold War Skill: Moving Troops," 24 Oct. 2018 The winner of each group after three days of round robin advances to the 18-hole single elimination matches. ... Dennis Manoloff,, "Cleveland Cavaliers need Kevin Love points vs. Indiana Pacers: DMan chats on 92.3 The Fan," 18 Apr. 2018 There will be a women’s round robin and then an exhibition match as the pros from Heron Bay and Coral Springs Tennis Center will face off against their counterparts at Cypresshead and Parkland Tennis Center. Wells Dusenbury,, "Mother of Parkland shooting victim, Lori Alhadeff to hold fundraiser for Make Schools Safe," 12 Apr. 2018 The robin’s egg blue shutters at the front door open to a foyer and a spiral staircase. Karen A. Avitabile,, "Property of the Week: 93 Shunpike Road, Cromwell," 26 Oct. 2017 Theo sets out to help patch up his new friends, a threadbare angel, a rusty tin soldier, a robin that has forgotten how to sing, and a rocking horse with an indiscriminate appetite. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Season’s Readings," 30 Nov. 2018 The Facebook post shows a red robin flying over Jack's grave. Caroline Alkire, Good Housekeeping, "Bird Comforts Grieving Mom After She Asked for a "Sign" at Her Son's Grave," 6 Apr. 2017 Expect Kavanaugh to continue to make his round-robin appearances on Capitol Hill, huddling with senators ahead of his confirmation hearing Sept. 4. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Government shutdown threat greets Senate's return to DC," 15 Aug. 2018 There are eight groups of four teams who compete in round-robin matchups that will name a winner and a runner-up., "5 Things to Know About the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of robin

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for robin

akin to Dutch dialect robijntje linnet, Frisian robyntsje

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English Language Learners Definition of robin

: a North American bird with a grayish back and reddish breast

: a small European bird with a brownish back and orange face and breast


rob·​in | \ ˈrä-bən \

Kids Definition of robin

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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