any of several small Old World birds having a red or reddish breast, especially Erithacus rubecula, of Europe.
a large American thrush, Turdus migratorius, having a chestnut-red breast and abdomen.
any of several similar thrushes of the New World tropics, not necessarily having reddish underparts, as T. grayi (clay-colored robin), of Mexico and Central America.

Nearby words

  1. robertsonian translocation,
  2. robeson,
  3. robeson, paul,
  4. robespierre,
  5. robey,
  6. robin goodfellow,
  7. robin hood,
  8. robin redbreast,
  9. robin's plantain,
  10. robin's-egg blue

Origin of robin

First recorded in 1540–50; short for robin redbreast

Also called robin redbreast (for defs 1, 2).




a male or female given name: derived from Robert. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for robin



Also called: robin redbreast a small Old World songbird, Erithacus rubecula, related to the thrushes: family Muscicapidae . The male has a brown back, orange-red breast and face, and grey underparts
a North American thrush, Turdus migratorius, similar to but larger than the Old World robin
any of various similar birds having a reddish breast

Word Origin for robin

C16: arbitrary use of given name

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Word Origin and History for robin
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