What does Merlin mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Merlin(noun)

    (Arthurian legend) the magician who acted as King Arthur's advisor

  2. pigeon hawk, merlin, Falco columbarius(noun)

    small falcon of Europe and America having dark plumage with black-barred tail; used in falconry


  1. merlin(Noun)

    A small falcon, Falco columbarius, that breeds in northern North America, Europe and Asia.

  2. Merlin(ProperNoun)

    A wizard in the Arthurian legend.

  3. Merlin(ProperNoun)

    A fantasy games player recently on the decline.

  4. Origin: Merlinus, itself from the Myrddin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Merlin(noun)

    a small European falcon (Falco lithofalco, or F. aesalon)

  2. Origin: [OE. merlion, F. merillon ; cf. OHG. smirl, G. schmerl ; prob. fr. L. merula blackbird. Cf. Merle.]


  1. Merlin

    Merlin is a legendary figure best known as the wizard featured in the Arthurian legend. The standard depiction of the character first appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae, written c. 1136, and is based on an amalgamation of previous historical and legendary figures. Geoffrey combined existing stories of Myrddin Wyllt, a North Brythonic prophet and madman with no connection to King Arthur, with tales of the Romano-British war leader Ambrosius Aurelianus to form the composite figure he called Merlin Ambrosius. Geoffrey's rendering of the character was immediately popular, especially in Wales. Later writers expanded the account to produce a fuller image of the wizard. Merlin's traditional biography casts him as a cambion: born of a mortal woman, sired by an incubus, the non-human wellspring from whom he inherits his supernatural powers and abilities. The name of Merlin's mother is not usually stated but is given as Adhan in the oldest version of the Prose Brut. Merlin matures to an ascendant sagehood and engineers the birth of Arthur through magic and intrigue. Later authors have Merlin serve as the king's advisor until he is bewitched and imprisoned by the Lady of the Lake.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Merlin

    mėr′lin, n. a species of small hawk. [Fr. émerillon, prob. from L. merula.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Merlin

    a legendary Welsh prophet and magician, child of a wizard and a princess, who lived in the 5th century, and was subsequently a prominent personage at King Arthur's' court; prophecies attributed to him existed as far back as the 14th century; Tennyson represents him as bewitched by Vivian; legend also tells of a Clydesdale Merlin of the 6th century; his prophecies, published in 1615, include the former; both legends are based on Armorican materials.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. merlin

    A handspike.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Merlin in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Merlin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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