- a small, bold falcon, Falco columbarius, of the Northern Hemisphere.
Origin of merlin
- Arthurian Romance. a venerable magician and seer.
- a male given name.
Examples from the Web for merlin
She went over to his flat with Merlin, their dog, and she discovered the body.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death
August 11, 2014
After all, he may look like a Montana Republican, talk like a Montana Republican but he sounds like someone from "Balmer, Merlin."Best Maryland Accent Ever In Montana Political Ad
October 30, 2013
Merlin was deemed a Special Access Program requiring ultra-high clearances for officials in the know.Send This Reporter to Jail
May 7, 2010
People will continue to read Merlin long after La Pucelle has been forgotten.Casanova's Homecoming
Merlin was a King in early Britain; he was also an Enchanter.
Now, strange to say, the greatest friend of Merlin was a little girl.
He began by thanking me at table for my present of Merlin Coccaeus.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Then Merlin said, “Do you know how to make this business all nice and right?”The Gypsies
Charles G. Leland
- a small falcon, Falco columbarius, that has a dark plumage with a black-barred tail: used in falconrySee also pigeon hawk
- (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
Word Origin and History for merlin
small, strong European falcon, early 14c., from Anglo-French merilun, a shortened form of Old French esmerillon "merlin, small hawk" (12c., Modern French émerillon), from Frankish *smiril or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German smerlo, German Schmerl "merlin"). Spanish esmerejon, Italian smeriglio also are Germanic loan-words.