from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several mustelid mammals of the genus Martes, mainly inhabiting northern forests and having a slender body, bushy tail, and soft fur.
  • noun The fur of one of these mammals.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete spelling of martin.
  • noun A digitigrade carnivorous quadruped of the family Mustelidœ, subfamily Mustelinœ, and genus Mustela or Martes, of which there are several species, all inhabiting the northern hemisphere.
  • noun A carnivorous marsupial of the genus Phascogale, as the spotted marten of Australia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A bird. See martin.
  • noun (Zoöl.) Any one of several fur-bearing carnivores of the genus Martes (formerly Mustela), closely allied to the sable. Among the more important species are the European beech marten or stone marten (Martes foina); the pine marten (Martes martes); and the American marten, or sable (Martes Americana), which some zoölogists consider only a variety of the Russian sable.
  • noun The fur of the marten, used for hats, muffs, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any carnivorous mammal of the genus Martes in the family Mustelidae.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun agile slender-bodied arboreal mustelids somewhat larger than weasels


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English martrin, marten, from Old French martrine (from feminine of martrin, pertaining to the marten, from martre, marten) and from Medieval Latin martrīna, both of Germanic origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English martren, martryn, from Anglo-Norman martrine 'marten fur', from Old Low Franconian *marþrin 'of marten fur' (cf. Middle Dutch martren), from *marþra 'marten' (compare Dutch marter), from Proto-Germanic *marþuz (compare Low German Mort, West Frisian murd 'polecat', Old English mearþ 'shrew'), originally 'wedding' (cf. Crimean Gothic marzus 'wedding'), from Proto-Indo-European *martus 'bride'. More at marry. For sense development, compare Italian donnola 'weasel', from donna 'lady', Greek nyfítsa 'weasel', from nymfē 'bride'.


    Sorry, no example sentences found.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.