Definition of robin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈräbən/


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1A large New World thrush that typically has a reddish breast.
Example sentences
  • While we don't have tall trees, our neighbors do, and the firs and oaks that surround our property drop acorns and provide homes for jays, woodpeckers, robins and sparrows.
  • Hester and Fanny have filled our old bird feeder and have had so much fun watching the robins and the cardinals come and eat the seeds that they put inside.
  • Mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus prefer the blood of certain birds to others - in particular the red-breasted American robin, scientists say.
2Any of a number of other birds that resemble the American robin, especially in having a red breast, in particular.
2.1A small Old World thrush related to the chats, typically having a brown back with red on the breast or other colorful 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.


Mid 16th century: from Old French, nickname for 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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Syllabification: rob·in

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