- a small Old World finch, Carduelis cannabina.
- any of various related birds, as the house finch.
Origin of linnet
Examples from the Web for linnet
We can't cage our linnet, Rachel, and perhaps we shouldn't try.The Christian
She turned for confirmation to Linnet and Matthew Henry, and they both nodded.
"I shouldn't put it off too long, if I were you," advised Linnet, candidly.
"You wait till you get there before you boast," advised Linnet.
"Linnet's improving," put in Matthew Henry, with fine sarcasm.
- a brownish Old World finch, Acanthis cannabina : the male has a red breast and forehead
- Also called: house finch a similar and related North American bird, Carpodacus mexicanus
Word Origin and History for linnet
small finch-like songbird, 1530s, from Middle French linette "grain of flax," diminutive of lin "flax," from Latin linum "linen" (see linen). Flaxseed forms much of the bird's diet. Old English name for the bird was linetwige, with second element perhaps meaning "pluck." This yielded Middle English and dialectal lintwhite.