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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Unlike in the past, World Cup 2019 will have a round-robin format, which means all 10 teams will face each other once in the league stage. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Cricket in Britain is this summer’s obsession among Indians and brands," 4 June 2019 Along with robins and cherry blossoms, one of the harbingers of spring is the Kansas City Chorale’s concert at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art the day before Easter. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "UMKC opera students explore the dark and the light in works by Ravel, Poulenc | The Kansas City Star," 24 Mar. 2018 Red-winged blackbirds, American robins, and other songbirds sing in chorus. Sheila Vilvens,, "Green burials, in-home visitations coming back? Anderson Township church is planning on it," 17 Apr. 2018 These shows feature round-robin exchanges between different groupings of improvisers. New York Times, "15 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 7 June 2018 The four teams will play a round-robin format at three different venues, with the home to Sporting Kansas City hosting the openers. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "U.S. women’s national team, 2019 Gold Cup men’s doubleheader coming to KC | The Kansas City Star," 16 May 2018 While the top four teams all play each other in the round robin, only two of them will have byes into the semifinals, and the U.S. now has a leg up on getting one. Mitch Goldich,, "USA Women's Hockey Team Comes Back to Beat Finland 3-1 in Olympic Opener," 11 Feb. 2018 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

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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 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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