- 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]
- a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for colin
Colin Farrell and Johnny Knoxville and Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson, and then Paris Hilton came out with one.'Saved by the Bell' Star Dustin Diamond Doesn't Want to Be a Jerk Anymore
August 11, 2014
Many writers have taken issue with the age gap in that film—since Emma Stone is 25 and Colin Firth is 53.Susan Sarandon on Her Love Affair With David Bowie, Woody Allen’s Creepiness, and Psychedelics
July 24, 2014
Any great real-life love stories from the South of France, Colin?
Although my mother absolutely does love Colin, I will say that.
Look, like Colin Firth in my movie, I only wish they were real.Woody Allen on ‘Magic in the Moonlight,’ the Crisis in Gaza, and Those Allegations
July 18, 2014
Colin Semple viewed his companion with a more sympathetic expression.The Market-Place
"Never mind, never mind, Colin," said he as it were to a vexed child.
The Paymaster was abashed, but "Just consider, Colin," he pleaded.
"That was Colin and Dugald before they went away the second time," she said.
Let you and me say nothing that is not kind, Colin; have we not had our own day of it with the best?
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