[ ser-in ]
/ ˈsɛr ɪn /


a small finch, Serinus serinus, of Europe and northern Africa, closely related to the canary.


Origin of serin

1520–30; < Middle French sere(i)n; compare Old Provençal serena, sirena bee-eater (a green bird) < Late Latin sīrēna, for Latin sīrēn siren Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for serin


/ (ˈsɛrɪn) /


any of various small yellow-and-brown finches of the genus Serinus, esp S. serinus, of parts of Europe and North AfricaSee also canary

Word Origin for serin

C16: from French, perhaps from Old Provençal sirena a bee-eater, from Latin sīrēn, a kind of bird, from siren
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