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Princeton's WordNet

  1. robin, redbreast, robin redbreast, Old World robin, Erithacus rubecolanoun

    small Old World songbird with a reddish breast

  2. robin, American robin, Turdus migratoriusnoun

    large American thrush having a rust-red breast and abdomen


  1. robinnoun

    A European robin; Erithacus rubecula.

  2. robinnoun

    An American robin; Turdus migratorius.

  3. robinnoun

    Various passerine birds (about 100 species) of the families Muscicapidae, Turdidae and Petroicidae (formerly Eopsaltridae), typically with a red breast.

  4. Robinnoun

    someone connected with any number of sports teams known as the Robins, as a fan, player, coach etc.

  5. Robinnoun

    A comic book superhero, the sidekick of Batman; also the Boy Wonder.

  6. Robinnoun

    A male given name from the Romance languages or the Germanic languages.

  7. Robinnoun

    A female given name from the Germanic languages, also associated with the bird robin.

    "We'll name her Robin," her mother said, and it was as though at her words something of that spring and the bird's song and his gay and friendly and impudent spirit entered into the child.

  8. Robinnoun

    A patronymic surname.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


  1. robin

    A robin is a small to medium-sized songbird typically characterized by its orange or red breast. It belongs to the thrush family and it is found widely across the Northern Hemisphere. It is known for their melodic song and is a popular symbol of spring. The term 'robin' is also used to refer to several different species of birds in various regions. For example, in North America, it refers to the American robin (Turdus migratorius) while in Britain and many other parts of the world, it refers to the European robin (Erithacus rubecula).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Robinnoun

    a small European singing bird (Erythacus rubecula), having a reddish breast; -- called also robin redbreast, robinet, and ruddock

  2. Robinnoun

    an American singing bird (Merula migratoria), having the breast chestnut, or dull red. The upper parts are olive-gray, the head and tail blackish. Called also robin redbreast, and migratory thrush

  3. Robinnoun

    any one of several species of Australian warblers of the genera Petroica, Melanadrays, and allied genera; as, the scarlet-breasted robin (Petroica mullticolor)

  4. Robinnoun

    any one of several Asiatic birds; as, the Indian robins. See Indian robin, below

  5. Etymology: [Properly a pet name for Robert, originally meaning, famebright; F., fron OHG. Roudperht; ruod (in comp.; akin to AS. hr glory, fame, Goth. hrpeigs victorius) + beraht bright. See Bright, Hob a clown.]


  1. Robin

    Robin is the name of several fictional characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics, originally created by Bob Kane, Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson, as a junior counterpart to DC Comics superhero Batman. The team of Batman and Robin is commonly referred to as the Dynamic Duo or the Caped Crusaders. The character's first incarnation Dick Grayson debuted in Detective Comics #38. Conceived as a vehicle to attract young readership, Robin garnered overwhelmingly positive critical reception, doubling the sales of the Batman related comic books. The early adventures of Robin included Star Spangled Comics #65-130, which was the character's first solo feature. Robin made regular appearances in Batman related comic books and other DC Comics publications from 1940 through the early 1980s until the character set aside the Robin identity and became the independent superhero Nightwing. Afterwards, the character's second incarnation Jason Todd debuted in Batman #357. This Robin made regular appearances in Batman related comic books until 1988, when the character was murdered by the Joker in A Death in the Family. Jason would later find himself alive after a reality changing incident, eventually becoming the Red Hood.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Robin

    rob′in, n. the Rob′in-red′breast, a well-known and widely-spread singing bird of the family Sylviidæ, with a reddish-orange breast: the red-breasted thrush of North America: the sea-robin or red-breasted merganser: a trimming in front of a dress.—ns. Rob′in-breast, the robin-snipe; Rob′in-dip′per, the buffle-headed duck; Rob′inet, a chaffinch: a little robin: a tap; Rob′in-Good′fellow, the English name of a domestic spirit or brownie, described as the offspring of a woman and Oberon, king of the fairies: an elf or fairy generally, Puck; Rob′in-run-in-the-hedge, the ground-ivy: the bed-straw; Rob′in-snipe, the red-breasted sandpiper; Rob′in's-rye, the hair-cap moss. [A familiar form of Robert; cf. Jack-daw, Mag-pie.]

Editors Contribution

  1. robin

    A species of bird.

    The Robin is used as a symbol of winter or on Christmas cards and decorations, they are a joyful peaceful bird.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 6, 2015  

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  1. robin

    Song lyrics by robin -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by robin on the Lyrics.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ROBIN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Robin is ranked #6510 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Robin surname appeared 5,212 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Robin.

    81.6% or 4,257 total occurrences were White.
    10.4% or 545 total occurrences were Black.
    3.4% or 178 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.5% or 131 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.5% or 81 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.3% or 20 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'robin' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4787

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'robin' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3400

Anagrams for robin »

  1. biron

  2. inorb

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of robin in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of robin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of robin in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Schneider:

    Listen, can you hear it Spring's sweet cantata. The strains of grass pushing through the snow. The song of buds swelling on the vine. The tender timpani of a baby robin's heart. Spring.

  2. Susan Williams:

    Robin did not die from depression, robin had a deadly disease and it’s called Lewy body dementia. He had one of the worst cases they’d ever seen.

  3. Clifford V. Villalon:

    Long time ago, there is a known gentleman named Robin Hood being chased because of stealing for a good cause. There is no more 'Robin Hoods' at the present time, but the good cause is still chasing for gentlemen to come out.

  4. Brian Austin:

    We were best friends for like three years, we would spend every night either at Robin Thicke house or at my house. We went camping. We did all sorts of stuff together. If anybody was going to recognize my voice in this costume it was going to be Robin Thicke. Robin Thicke knows the rhythm of how I speak, the sound, the tone of my voice, all of that. Robin Thicke knows my voice better than anyone, probably aside from my parents and my family.

  5. Marina Zenovich:

    The flip side of what I said, and Zak addresses it, was that Robin belonged to the world, as the child of someone like that, it wasn’t easy. In fact, it was hard… You can feel the hurt. Robin tried to be there for his kids, but he also had to be there for the world. And he had a great need to perform and as Billy Crystal said, get that little extra hug you can only get from strangers. He had a need for that.

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    (of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch
    • A. soft-witted
    • B. articulate
    • C. tacky
    • D. defiant

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