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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That hapless little Olympic seldom-do-well, the United States, which was a dour 2-4 in round-robin play as of Sunday night, will ride its 5-3 semifinal upset of Canada on Thursday night into the first American appearance in any gold medal tussle. Chuck Culpepper, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. men’s curling hits new heights with upset of Canada," 22 Feb. 2018 As the show proceeds through the decades, the gallery walls lighten to teal, then robin’s egg blue, then white, supporting the sensation of an art form opening and enlarging. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911-2011’ Review: Capturing the Trend," 10 July 2018 The paper looked at about a dozen songbird species, including the American robin, red-faced warbler, and other arboreal species, as well as ground-dwelling birds like the house wren and white-breasted nuthatch. National Geographic, "Birds That Leave Nest Too Late Can Endanger Their Families," 25 June 2018 The dawn chorus on Camp Stewart Road is mostly Northern cardinals, American robins, Carolina wrens and Eastern towhees. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Breeding Bird Survey yields 56 species over 25-mile route," 20 June 2018 In The Beer Olympics: Company Cross Functional Team Building Event, for example, each team plays a round robin of games (darts, beer pong, flip cup, giant Jenga, cornhole) and the team with most points wins and receives a prize. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona-Medium Companies," 7 June 2018 Rather than have a knockout stage, the final round was a round robin. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Every FIFA World Cup champion: From 1930 Uruguay to 2014 Germany," 25 May 2018 No one is forcing those leagues to play nine, and the Pac-12’s conference schedule is a remnant from the Pac-10, when a nine-game conference schedule meant the league played a full round-robin. Andy Staples,, "How 'Scheduling for Success' Can Help the Pac-12 Keep Pace in the Playoff Era," 7 May 2018 There’s the niche that’s occupied by a bird that gathers seed, like a robin or a sparrow. Yonat Shimron, Houston Chronicle, "Kenneth Miller finds good news in evolution," 22 Apr. 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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