Definition of robin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɒbɪn/


1A small Old World thrush related to the chats, typically having a brown back with red on the breast or other colourful markings.
Example sentences
  • Migrating from northern Europe to the Iberian Peninsula's cork forests are blackcaps, finches, robins, and song thrushes.
  • In their study, the researchers compared two species of night-migratory songbirds - garden warblers and European robins - with two non-migratory songbirds - zebra finches and canaries.
  • As dawn breaks on a misty Welsh morning, the earliest birds to break into song are likely to include European robins, followed by blackbirds and song thrushes.
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2 [usually with adjective or noun modifier] Any of a number of other birds that resemble the European robin, especially in having a red breast:


Mid 16th century: from Old French, pet form of the given name Robert.

  • People seem to like giving birds names ( see pie and parrot). Just as we might call a parrot Polly, so the bird known as a redbreast, from its distinctive colouring was called ‘Robin Redbreast’. The nickname gradually ousted the original part of the name, so that today robin is the normal term.

Words that rhyme with robin

bobbin, dobbin

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