- a name given to the fox, originally in the medieval beast epic Reynard the Fox.
Examples from the Web for reynard
When Bruin heard that, he let go his hold, and away went Reynard after the honey.
Just then Reynard came slouching by and caught sight of him.
With difficulty Reynard managed to squeeze himself in, only, however, to no purpose.Creatures of the Night
Alfred W. Rees
“You had better stay where you are, my young friend,” said Reynard.
I, too, laugh when I hear it; but not so much at Reynard's inconsistency as at his wit.
- a name for a fox, used in medieval tales, fables, etc
Word Origin and History for reynard
quasi-proper name for a fox, c.1300, from Old French Renart, Reynard name of the fox in Roman de Renart, from Old High German personal name Reginhart "strong in counsel," literally "counsel-brave." The first element is related to reckon, the second to hard. Cf. Old French renardie "craftiness." The tales were so popular that the name became the word for "fox" in Old French.