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  1. the European robin, Erithacus rubecula.
  2. the North American robin, Turdus migratorius.
  3. any of various other birds, as a dowitcher or knot.
  4. a freshwater sunfish, Lepomis auritus, of the eastern U.S.
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Origin of redbreast

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at red1, breast
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Examples from the Web for redbreast

Historical Examples

  • Except the wintry notes of the redbreast, nature herself is mute.

    Our Village

    Mary Russell Mitford

  • But the Blue-Bird does not equal the Redbreast as a songster.

  • Imbrie asked with intolerable insolence: “Will you be my servant, Redbreast?”

    The Woman from Outside

    Hulbert Footner

  • The next day he asked the redbreast if he knew the way to the golden chest.

    The Quest

    Frederik van Eeden

  • The Redbreast was not afraid of Johannes; it flew on to his arm.

    Little Johannes

    Frederik van Eeden

British Dictionary definitions for redbreast


  1. any of various birds having a red breast, esp the Old World robinSee robin (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for redbreast


early 15c., of the English robin, from red (adj.1) + breast (n.). Later of the American bird.

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