snowbird

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noun snow·bird \ˈsnō-ˌbərd\

Definition of snowbird

  1. 1 :  any of several birds (such as a junco or fieldfare) seen chiefly in winter

  2. 2 :  one who travels to warm climes for the winter

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Examples of snowbird in a sentence

  1. Like many of the state's snowbirds, they live in Florida from November through March.

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.

1674

First Known Use of snowbird

1674


SNOWBIRD Defined for English Language Learners

snowbird

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noun snow·bird \ˈsnō-ˌbərd\

Definition of snowbird for English Language Learners

  • : someone who spends the winter months in a warm place


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