Definition of snowbird
1 : any of several birds (such as a junco or fieldfare) seen chiefly in winter
2 : one who travels to warm climes for the winter
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Examples of snowbird in a Sentence
Like many of the state's snowbirds, they live in Florida from November through March.
Recent Examples of snowbird from the Web
In the summertime, snowbirds sublet nicer upper-floor apartments from students.
In the fall when the snowbirds return, there is also Monday play.
Mar-a-Lago will soon close for the season, as Palm Beach’s wealthy snowbirds return north.
As Palm Beach’s tanned, tightened snowbirds depart, the club is about to close for the summer.
Miami-Dade, Broward, Pinellas, Hillsborough and other counties warn of dire fiscal consequences including employee layoffs, with higher tax rates for businesses, snowbirds and renters.
Originally marketed to the local gentry (specifically members of the Los Angeles Country Club) as well as snowbirds from Canada and Chicago, Marrakesh memberships offered a slice of the good life early-1970s-style.
RVs have been going upscale for some time now, as wealthy snowbirds and road warriors bring all the comforts of home while camping.
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Did You Know?
Snowbird has been in use since the late 1600s, but it has only been applied to humans since the early 1900s. It was first used to describe men who enlisted in the armed forces to get food and clothing during the winter months and then deserted as the warm spring weather approached. Not long after, the term was applied to the northern laborers who would flock down south to work as the cold, harsh winter set in up north. Today, northerners of all kinds, from vacationers to retirees, can be seen migrating as soon as the first frost arrives.
First Known Use of snowbird
SNOWBIRD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of snowbird for English Language Learners
: someone who spends the winter months in a warm place
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