noun, plural rein·deer, (occasionally) rein·deers.
- rein in,
- reindeer lake,
- reindeer moss,
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|Ben Jacobs|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Presumably with caroling, though presumably not with “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”
Residents there proclaimed in 1927 that Santa could never live in the North Pole because his reindeer would never survive.
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|Mark Hertsgaard|December 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The fish is tasty, but the real treat is exotic game like reindeer.Nine Amazing Places To Skinny Dip Around The World|Erin Cunningham|September 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
On the way to the North Cape we visited a reindeer camp of the Laplanders.Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie|Andrew Carnegie
But the Yankees hit the Reindeer so often that she was cut to pieces and her masts ready to fall.Stories of Our Naval Heroes|Various
It was evident that the wolves were being badly worsted in the fight, as the reindeer were now the aggressors.Three Boys in the Wild North Land|Egerton Ryerson Young
And perhaps what this reindeer has done is all the knowledge and experience I gain that day.Look Back on Happiness|Knut Hamsun
Perhaps it was well for the reindeer that the boys were there.The Later Cave-Men|Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
noun plural -deer or -deers
Word Origin 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.