robin, American robin, Turdus migratorius

(noun) large American thrush having a rust-red breast and abdomen

robin, redbreast, robin redbreast, Old World robin, Erithacus rubecola

(noun) small Old World songbird with a reddish breast

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Proper noun

Robin (plural Robins)

A male given name from Romance languages, Germanic languages.

A female given name from Germanic languages, also associated with the bird robin.

(rare compared to given name) A patronymic surname.


Robin (plural Robins)

(soccer) Someone connected with any number of sports teams known as the Robins, as a fan, player, coach, etc.


• Biron, Brion, inorb



robin (plural robins)

Any of various passerine birds (about 100 species) of the families Muscicapidae, Turdidae and Petroicidae (formerly Eopsaltriidae), typically with a red breast.

A European robin, Erithacus rubecula.

An American robin, Turdus migratorius.

(historical) A trimming in front of a dress.

Usage notes

The American robin is larger and quite different from the European one: English settlers in America named it from its red breast.


• (all senses): redbreast, robin redbreast

• (the European robin): ruddock


• Biron, Brion, inorb

Source: Wiktionary

Rob"in, n. Etym: [Properly a pet name for Robert, originally meaning, famebright; F., fron OHG. Roudperht; ruod (in comp.; akin to AS. hr glory, fame, Goth. hr victorius) + beraht bright. See Bright, Hob a clown.] (Zoöl.) (a) A small European singing bird (Erythacus rubecula), having a reddish breast; -- called also robin redbreast, robinet, and ruddock. (b) An American singing bird (Merula migratoria), having the breast chestnut, or dull red. The upper parts are olive-gray, the head and tail blackish. Called also robin redbreast, and migratory thrush. (c) Any one of several species of Australian warblers of the genera Petroica, Melanadrays, and allied genera; as, the scarlet-breasted robin (Petroica mullticolor) (d) Any one of several Asiatic birds; as, the Indian robins. See Indian robin, below. Beach robin (Zoöl.), the robin snipe, or knot. See Knot.

– Blue-throated robin. (Zoöl.) See Bluethroat.

– Canada robin (Zoöl.), the cedar bird.

– Golden robin (Zoöl.), the Baltimore oriole.

– Ground robin (Zoöl.), the chewink.

– Indian robin (Zoöl.), any one of several species of Asiatic saxoline birds of the genera Thamnobia and Pratincola. They are mostly black, usually with some white on the wings.

– Magrie robin (Zoöl.), an Asiatic singing bird (Corsycus saularis), having the back, head, neck, and breast black glossed with blue, the wings black, and the belly white.

– Ragged robin. (Bot.) See under Ragged.

– Robin accentor (Zoöl.), a small Asiatic singing bird (Accentor rubeculoides), somewhat resembling the European robin.

– Robin redbreast. (Zoöl.) (a) The European robin. (b) The American robin. (c) The American bluebird.

– Robin snipe. (Zoöl.) (a) The red-breasted snipe, or dowitcher. (b) The red-breasted sandpiper, or knot.

– Robin's plantain. (Bot.) See under Plantain.

– Sea robin. (Zoöl.) (a) Any one of several species of American gurnards of the genus Prionotus. They are excellent food fishes. Called also wingfish. The name is also applied to a European gurnard. (b) The red-breasted merganser, or sheldrake. [Local, U.S.] -- Water robin (Zoöl.), a redstart (Ruticulla fuliginosa), native of India.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


Word of the Day

2 March 2024


(verb) move to a better position in life or to a better job; “She ascended from a life of poverty to one of great renown”

coffee icon

Coffee Trivia

The first coffee-house in Mecca dates back to the 1510s. The beverage was in Turkey by the 1530s. It appeared in Europe circa 1515-1519 and was introduced to England by 1650. By 1675 the country had more than 3,000 coffee houses, and coffee had replaced beer as a breakfast drink.

coffee icon