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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for colin

Contemporary Examples of colin

Historical Examples of colin

  • Colin Semple viewed his companion with a more sympathetic expression.

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    Harold Frederic

  • "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