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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.
A French-language newspaper caters to Canadian snowbirds.
Frank West, a volunteer driver in Milwaukee, said some drivers are snowbirds who head to warmer climates during the winter months, which thins the ranks further.
Saturday is typically the busiest day with a mix of snowbirds, vacationers, locals and people from all over Alabama.
But some of the earliest snowbirds, who often arrive in October, may delay their arrivals, hurting sales.
Each winter, Marco swells from about 17,000 people to more than 40,000 thanks to vacationers and southbound snowbirds.
The key drivers of historic seasonality [in the third quarter] were snowbirds, and college reconnects.
In Central Florida, many parks also are half full now because snowbirds haven’t come back yet.
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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.
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