Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[red-brest] /ˈrɛdˌbrɛst/
the European robin, Erithacus rubecula.
the North American robin, Turdus migratorius.
any of various other birds, as a dowitcher or knot.
a freshwater sunfish, Lepomis auritus, of the eastern U.S.
Origin of redbreast
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see red1, breast Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for redbreast
Historical Examples
  • Suddenly, a soft chirping reached her ears, and looking up, she caught sight of a redbreast perching on the little garden gate.

    Fairies Afield Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • But the Blue-Bird does not equal the redbreast as a songster.

  • Next came the redbreast, whose decks were soon as crowded as the Snaefell's had been.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • Imbrie asked with intolerable insolence: “Will you be my servant, redbreast?”

    The Woman from Outside Hulbert Footner
  • Next day he asked the redbreast whether he knew the way to the golden chest.

    Little Johannes Frederik van Eeden
  • The next day he asked the redbreast if he knew the way to the golden chest.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • Broadly speaking, the redbreast has the best time of it in northern lands.

    Birds in the Calendar Frederick G. Aflalo
  • The redbreast was not afraid of Johannes; it flew on to his arm.

    Little Johannes Frederik van Eeden
  • She had on a cosy jacket, a fur turban of some sort with a redbreast in it, and her cheeks were flushed from exertion.

    The Old Peabody Pew Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Neither the thistles nor the redbreast supply her with any answer.

    Doctor Cupid Rhoda Broughton
British Dictionary definitions for redbreast


any of various birds having a red breast, esp the Old World robin See robin (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for redbreast

early 15c., of the English robin, from red (adj.1) + breast (n.). Later of the American bird.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for redbreast

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for redbreast

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for redbreast