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 Round-robin schedule, top two teams play for the title? Berry Tramel, USA TODAY, "Opinion: In Big 12 college football title race, not all losses count the same," 30 Nov. 2020 Things could be even more competitive this season with a 22-game, double round-robin conference schedule. Joe Reedy, Star Tribune, "Pac-12 Preview: No. 2 Stanford favored in loaded conference," 20 Nov. 2020 At Herb Brooks Arena, the Pride will play five regular-season games, against the other five teams in the league, followed by a round-robin for seeding in the four-team semifinal. Matt Porter,, "‘We’re ready to go.’ The Boston Pride embraces status as favorites in the NWHL’s Lake Placid tournament," 22 Jan. 2021 This round-robin is a great way to show the philosophical differences between the three schools of karate. Brian Moylan, Vulture, "Cobra Kai Recap: Tournament of Lies," 4 Jan. 2021 After each team plays five regular-season games, the league moves to a round-robin format to determine the four semifinals. Nathaniel Weitzer,, "NWHL announces schedule for two-week season in Lake Placid bubble," 14 Jan. 2021 When the team reconvened in the summer before the postseason, Harley made the bubble roster and got into a round robin game against Colorado. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Ranking the Dallas Stars’ prospects: Who are the long-term, high-end building blocks?," 31 Dec. 2020 The Huskies will play 20 league games this season in a double round robin format. Staff Report,, "UConn falls to No. 7 UMass in men’s hockey season opener," 20 Nov. 2020 The season-ending tournament pits eight of the best male singles players and doubles teams together in a round-robin format. Ben Church, CNN, "Daniil Medvedev hits underarm serve on his way to victory against Alexander Zverev," 16 Nov. 2020

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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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5 Mar 2021

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“Robin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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