merlin

[ mur-lin ]
/ ˈmɜr lɪn /
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noun

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

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.

Definition for merlin (2 of 2)

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 (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for merlin (2 of 2)

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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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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