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

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Recent Examples on the Web With matches on Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday, the round-robin tournament will bring three doubleheaders to Providence Park ahead of the Timbers’ MLS regular-season opener against Minnesota United at 4:30 p.m. PT March 1. oregonlive, "Portland Timbers to host Vancouver Whitecaps, Minnesota United and New England Revolution in 2020 preseason tournament," 20 Dec. 2019 Minnesota will then go to Portland, Ore., for the preseason round-robin tournament at the Timbers’ Providence Park. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Minnesota United announces preseason plans," 20 Dec. 2019 About the size of a robin and frequently on the move, the dusky, short-legged shorebird with a yellow bill likely would have evaded my scans of the break-wall completely. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Lake Erie Pelagic Trip is late fall birding time uncommonly well spent," 4 Dec. 2019 In the 1970s, Robert Axelrod, a political scientist at the University of Michigan, launched a round-robin tournament pitting different strategies against each other. Quanta Magazine, "Game Theory Calls Cooperation Into Question," 12 Feb. 2015 Some, like robins, switch from earthworms and insects to fruits and berries. Don Lyman,, "How do animals survive long winters?," 24 Jan. 2020 Newer images included robins and, of course, Father Christmas. Anne Lawrence-mathers, Quartz, "Reinvention of Christmas decorations is a historical tradition," 24 Dec. 2019 Yet cards habitually show woods, cottages and robins sunk deep in it, with more star-flakes descending. The Economist, "In the bleak midwinter Obituary: Stephen Cleobury died on November 22nd," 18 Dec. 2019 For instance, initial evidence suggests that European robins, yellow underwing moths, and perhaps even cricket frogs can do so. Fiona Mcmillan, National Geographic, "From dung beetles to seals, these animals navigate by the stars," 4 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of robin was circa 1550

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15 Feb 2020

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“Robin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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