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[kol-in] /ˈkɒl ɪn/
any of several American quails, especially the bobwhite.
Origin of colin
1620-30; < Mexican Spanish colín, perhaps < Nahuatl zōlin, through misreading of the older spelling çolin


[kol-in, koh-lin; French kaw-lan; German koh-lin, -leen] /ˈkɒl ɪn, ˈkoʊ lɪn; French kɔˈlɛ̃; German ˈkoʊ lɪn, -lin/
a male given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • colin Semple viewed his companion with a more sympathetic expression.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • "Never mind, never mind, colin," said he as it were to a vexed child.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • "That was colin and Dugald before they went away the second time," she said.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • The Paymaster was abashed, but "Just consider, colin," he pleaded.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • Let you and me say nothing that is not kind, colin; have we not had our own day of it with the best?

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
Word Origin and History for colin


masc. proper name, from French Colin, a diminutive of Col, itself a diminutive of Nicolas. A common shepherd's name in pastoral verse.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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