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(Arthurian legend) the magician who acted as King Arthur's advisor
pigeon hawk, merlin, Falco columbariusnoun
small falcon of Europe and America having dark plumage with black-barred tail; used in falconry
A small falcon, Falco columbarius, that breeds in northern North America, Europe and Asia.
A wizard in the Arthurian legend.
A fantasy games player recently on the decline.
Etymology: Merlinus, itself from the Myrddin.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A kind of hawk.
Not yielding over to old age his country delights, he was at that time following a merlin. Philip Sidney.
Merlin (Welsh: Myrddin, Cornish: Marzhin, Breton: Merzhin) is a mythical figure prominently featured in the legend of King Arthur and best known as a mage, with several other main roles. His usual depiction, based on an amalgamation of historic and legendary figures, was introduced by the 12th-century British author Geoffrey of Monmouth. It is believed that Geoffrey combined earlier tales of Myrddin and Ambrosius, two legendary Briton prophets with no connection to Arthur, to form the composite figure called Merlinus Ambrosius (Welsh: Myrddin Emrys, Breton: Merzhin Ambroaz). Geoffrey's rendering of the character became immediately popular, especially in Wales. Later writers in France and elsewhere expanded the account to produce a fuller image, creating one of the most important figures in the imagination and literature of the Middle Ages. Merlin's traditional biography casts him as an often-mad being, born of a mortal woman, sired by an incubus, from whom he inherits his supernatural powers and abilities, most commonly and notably prophecy and shapeshifting. 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 and mentor until his disappearance from the tale, leaving behind a series of prophecies foretelling the events yet to come. A popular story from the French prose cycles describes Merlin being bewitched and forever sealed or killed by his student known as the Lady of the Lake after falling in love with her, with a local legend claiming him buried in the magical forest of Brocéliande. Other texts variously describe his retirement or death.
a small European falcon (Falco lithofalco, or F. aesalon)
Etymology: [OE. merlion, F. merillon ; cf. OHG. smirl, G. schmerl ; prob. fr. L. merula blackbird. Cf. Merle.]
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
mėr′lin, n. a species of small hawk. [Fr. émerillon, prob. from L. merula.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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.
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Merlin is ranked #18278 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Merlin surname appeared 1,519 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Merlin.
62.2% or 946 total occurrences were White.
30.7% or 467 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
3.7% or 57 total occurrences were Black.
1.3% or 21 total occurrences were Asian.
1.3% or 21 total occurrences were of two or more races.
0.4% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
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The numerical value of merlin in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of merlin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Examples of merlin in a Sentence
We don't think at this yield you are remunerated for the risk associated with some of Merlin's planned projects, merlin has a very strong track record, is well diversified, and has long-term agreements in place. But this time it's something larger, more aggressive from a credit perspective.
Merlin has a very strong track record, is well diversified, and has long-term agreements in place. But this time it's something larger, more aggressive from a credit perspective.
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- dřemlík tundrovýCzech
- faucon merlin, faucon émerillonFrench
- एक प्रकार का बाज़Hindi
- chʼilhaatʼaʼiiNavajo, Navaho
- де́рбник, кре́четRussian
- cizášfálliNorthern Sami
- sokol kobecSlovak
- nänöfafalok, nänöfafalokülVolapük
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