- any of several large deer of the genus Rangifer, of northern and arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and North America, both male and female of which have antlers.
Origin of reindeer
Examples from the Web for reindeer
Not only has he not “done Santa in four years,” but he has sold his reindeer as well.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus
December 24, 2014
Presumably with caroling, though presumably not with “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”Keep Christmas Commercialized!
P. J. O’Rourke
December 6, 2014
Residents there proclaimed in 1927 that Santa could never live in the North Pole because his reindeer would never survive.8 Facts You Never Knew About Christmas
December 24, 2013
As temperatures in the Arctic skyrocket, reindeer are suffering staggeringly large, rapid population losses.The End of the Arctic? Ocean Could be Ice Free by 2015
December 13, 2013
The fish is tasty, but the real treat is exotic game like reindeer.Nine Amazing Places To Skinny Dip Around The World
September 21, 2013
But of all the beasts that begged to do him service, Claus liked the reindeer best.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
Certainly, if the Reindeer had a fault, it was that it was too clean.
Mr. Vincent left the Reindeer, and Clement went to his mother's room.
I have but ridden from the Reindeer this morning, and so I am neither fatigued nor dusted.
"We must go to the old Reindeer and hire their hack," said Mr. Lyle.
- a large deer, Rangifer tarandus, having large branched antlers in the male and female and inhabiting the arctic regions of Greenland, Europe, and Asia. It also occurs in North America, where it is known as a caribou
Word Origin and History for reindeer
c.1400, from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse hreindyri "reindeer," from dyr "animal" (see deer) + hreinn, by itself the usual name for the animal, from Proto-Germanic *khrinda- (cf. Old English hran "reindeer;" German Renn "reindeer," which was altered by folk etymology influence of rennen "to run;" Swedish ren-ko "female reindeer," with ko "cow" (n.)).
Probably from PIE *krei-, from base *ker- (1) "horn, head," with derivatives referring to horned animals (both male and female reindeer have horns; those of the male are remarkable), and thus perhaps cognate with Greek krios "ram" (see kerato-). Older sources connect it to words in Lapp or Finnish. French renne, Spanish reno, Italian renna ultimately are from Germanic.