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kinglet

[king-lit]
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noun
  1. a king ruling over a small country or territory.
  2. any of several small, greenish, crested birds of the genus Regulus.
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Origin of kinglet

First recorded in 1595–1605; king + -let
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Examples from the Web for kinglet

Historical Examples

  • The kinglet was the least of all,—a sort of "hop-o'-my-thumb" bird.

    The Wit of a Duck and Other Papers

    John Burroughs

  • In Coahuila this subspecies of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet is a common migrant.

  • The kinglet hesitated, and then jabbed the fat man with his sceptre.

  • "You have my permission to make mince-meat of him," replied the kinglet, cheerfully.

  • The kinglet looked upon the stranger with a kindly expression.


British Dictionary definitions for kinglet

kinglet

noun
  1. often derogatory the king of a small or insignificant territory
  2. US and Canadian any of various small warblers of the genus Regulus, having a black-edged yellow crown: family Muscicapidae
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