noun, plural mar·tens, (especially collectively) mar·ten.
Origin of marten
Examples from the Web for marten
When recounting her trip to her friend Glen (Marten Holder Weiner), Sally summed up her visit to Manhattan in one word: “Dirty.”‘Mad Men’ Finale and Video of Best Season 5 Moments|Jace Lacob|June 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
"To be sure I will, nurse," said Marten, glad to see the good woman was so far giving in to his wishes.Brotherly Love|Mrs. Sherwood
Thus he first went over the marten pelts, laying them in three piles, graded as to value and quality.Grit A-Plenty|Dillon Wallace
They are generally dyed in imitation of other members of the marten family.Principles and Practice of Fur Dressing and Fur Dyeing|William E. Austin
It is about the size of a marten, and has the upper surface of a bluish-grey tint, and the under surface is dark brown.
The talk Mary and Marten heard while sitting at meals with their parents was clever and interesting.The Fairchild Family|Mary Martha Sherwood
British Dictionary definitions for marten
noun plural -tens or -ten
Word Origin for marten
Word Origin and History for marten
mid-13c., "skin or fur of the marten," from Old French martrine "marten fur," noun use of fem. adjective martrin "of or pertaining to the marten," from martre "marten," from Frankish *martar or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *marthuz (cf. Old Saxon marthrin "of or pertaining to the marten," Old Frisian merth, Middle Dutch maerter, Dutch marter, Old High German mardar, German Marder, Old English mearþ, Old Norse mörðr "marten"), probably from PIE *martu- "bride," perhaps on some fancied resemblance, or else a Germanic euphemism for the real name of the animal, which might have been taboo.
In Middle English the animal itself typically was called marter, directly from Old French martre, but marten took over this sense in English c.1400.