rob·​in | \ ˈrä-bən How to pronounce robin (audio) \

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

Examples of robin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prattville defeated McAdory and Chelsea and lost to host Calera in round robin play on Friday. Ben Thomas |, al, 12 Apr. 2022 Mixed doubles teams will compete in round-robin pool play with bracket elimination. cleveland, 1 Mar. 2022 Gone is the traditional round-robin style of play that baffled new viewers. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2022 Each team plays six round-robin matches in the Challenge Cup before the top teams advance to the knockout round. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Mar. 2022 An optimistic young robin raised by a family of mice makes a heartfelt wish on a Christmas star. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 20 Feb. 2022 Shuster acknowledged the challenges of his sport after a round-robin loss to Italy. Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2022 Tabitha Peterson’s foursome lost 10-7 to Japan on Wednesday night in its round-robin finale. San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Feb. 2022 Hufman said Sunday after making his Olympic debut in the 10-5 round-robin loss. Jimmy Golen,, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Robin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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rob·​in | \ ˈrä-bən How to pronounce robin (audio) \

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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