robin

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noun rob·in \ˈrä-bən\

Definition of robin

  1. 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. 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

Origin and Etymology of robin

akin to Dutch dialect robijntje linnet, Frisian robyntsje


First Known Use: circa 1550


ROBIN Defined for English Language Learners

robin

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noun rob·in \ˈrä-bən\

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

robin

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noun rob·in \ˈrä-bən\

Definition of robin for Students

  1. 1 :  a large North American songbird with a grayish back and dull reddish breast

  2. 2 :  a small European songbird with an orange throat and breast



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