martin

[ mahr-tn ]
/ ˈmɑr tn /
|

noun

any of several swallows having a deeply forked tail and long, pointed wings.

Nearby words

  1. martial art,
  2. martial arts,
  3. martial law,
  4. martially,
  5. martian,
  6. martin du gard,
  7. martin du gard, roger,
  8. martin i,
  9. martin i, saint,
  10. martin ii


Origin of martin

1425–75; late Middle English (Scots) martoune; presumably generic use of the personal name (< French < Late Latin Martīnus), traditionally by association with March (Latin Mārtius), when the bird arrives, and Martinmas, when it leaves; though Middle English, Old French martinet has been applied to a variety of birds; compare French martin-pêcheur kingfisher

Martin

[ mahr-tn ]
/ ˈmɑr tn /

noun

Marinus I

[ muh-rahy-nuh s ]
/ məˈraɪ nəs /

noun

died a.d. 884, pope 882–884.
Also called Martin II.

Marinus II

noun

died a.d. 946, pope 942–946.
Also called Martin III.

Martin I

noun

Saint,died a.d. 655, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 649–655.

Martin II

noun

Martin III

noun

Martin IV

noun

Simon de BrieorSimon de Brion, c1210–85, French ecclesiastic: pope 1281–85.

Martin V

noun

Oddone Colonna, 1368–1431, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1417–31.
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British Dictionary definitions for martin

martin

/ (ˈmɑːtɪn) /

noun

any of various swallows of the genera Progne, Delichon, Riparia, etc, having a square or slightly forked tailSee also house martin

Word Origin for martin

C15: perhaps from St Martin, because the birds were believed to migrate at the time of Martinmas

Martin

/ (ˈmɑːtɪn) /

noun

Martin V

noun

original name Oddone Colonna. 1368–1431, pope (1417–31). His election at the Council of Constance brought to an end the Great Schism
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Word Origin and History for martin
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for martin

Martin

[ märtn ]
Lillien Jane 1851-1943

American psychologist who is noted for her pioneering work in gerontology.

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