merlin

[ mur-lin ]
/ ˈmɜr lɪn /
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noun

a small, bold falcon, Falco columbarius, of the Northern Hemisphere.

Nearby words

  1. merkel's corpuscle,
  2. merkin,
  3. merle,
  4. merleau-ponty,
  5. merleau-ponty, maurice,
  6. merlo,
  7. merlon,
  8. merlot,
  9. mermaid,
  10. mermaid tavern

Origin of merlin

1350–1400; Middle English merlioun, merlone < Anglo-French merilun, Old French esmerillon, diminutive of esmeril < Germanic; akin to German Schmerl, Old Norse smyrill

Also called pigeon hawk.

Merlin

[ mur-lin ]
/ ˈmɜr lɪn /

noun

Arthurian Romance. a venerable magician and seer.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for merlin

merlin

/ (ˈmɜːlɪn) /

noun

a small falcon, Falco columbarius, that has a dark plumage with a black-barred tail: used in falconrySee also pigeon hawk

Word Origin for merlin

C14: from Old French esmerillon, from esmeril, of Germanic origin

Merlin

/ (ˈmɜːlɪn) /

noun

(in Arthurian legend) a wizard and counsellor to King Arthur eternally imprisoned in a tree by a woman to whom he revealed his secret craft
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Word Origin and History for merlin
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for merlin

Merlin

In the legends of King Arthur (see also Arthur), a magician who acts as Arthur's principal adviser.

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