[ man-uh-kin ]

  1. any of several small, songless passerine birds of the family Pipridae, of the warmer parts of the Americas, usually having brilliantly colored plumage.

Origin of manakin

Variant of manikin

Words Nearby manakin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use manakin in a sentence

  • The curious black umbrella-bird is entirely confined to it, as is also the little bristle-tailed manakin.

    The Western World | W.H.G. Kingston
  • When I encounter one of these people some fine day in a hotel, I act like the birds, who see a manakin in a field.

  • The miller was so frightened that this time he let him go; but, in a few minutes, the manakin returned again with his cappie.

    Folk Lore | James Napier
  • manakin, man′a-kin, n. a small tropical American piproid bird: a variant form of manikin.

  • I stood with a tanager in one hand, a lovely manakin in the other, thinking.

    Nat the Naturalist | G. Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for manakin


/ (ˈmænəkɪn) /

  1. any small South American passerine bird of the family Pipridae, having a colourful plumage, short bill, and elaborate courtship behaviour

  2. a variant of manikin

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