• (GA) IPA: /ˈmɑɹ.tɪn/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈmɑː.tɪn/

martin (plural martins)

  1. Any of various passerine birds of the family Hirundinidae, which also includes swallows, that catch insects whilst flying.
  • French: martinet
  • German: Mehlschwalbe
  • Russian: городска́я ла́сточка
  • Spanish: avión

martin (plural martins)

  1. A perforated stone-faced runner for grinding.

  • (British) IPA: /ˈmɑː.tɪn/
  • (America, weak vowel) IPA: /ˈmɑɹ.tn̩/
Proper noun
  1. A male given name originally given in honor of a fourth century soldier-saint.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, (please specify the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals)]:
      :Scene 2:
      Expect Saint Martin's summer, halcyon days, / Since I have entered into these wars.
    • 1767 Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy'', Book IV ( Slawkenbergius's Tale ):
      Luther was not born in the year 1483, but in 84; and not on the 22nd day of October, but on the 10th of November, the eve of Martinmas day, from whence he had the name of Martin. - - - Now you see, brother Toby, he would say, looking up, "that christian names are not such indifferent things;" - Had Luther here been called by any other name but Martin, he would have been damned to all eternity - Not that I look upon Martin, he would add, as a good name - far from it - 'tis something better than a neutral, and but a little - yet little as it is, you see it was of some service to him.
    • 1933 Eleanor Farjeon, Over the Garden Wall, Faber and Faber, page 90 ("Boys' Names")
      What splendid names for boys there are! / There's Carol like a rolling car, / And Martin like a flying bird,/
    • 2006 Kate Atkinson, One Good Turn, Black Swan(2007), ISBN 9780552772440, page 81:
      Martin was pretty dull as names went but 'Alex Blake' had a certain dash to it. His publishers hadn't considered Martin's own name to be 'punchy' enough.
  2. Surname
  3. Surname for someone who lived near a mere.
  4. A small city/county seat in Bennett County, South Dakota.

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