Definitions

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

  • n. A large deer (Rangifer tarandus) of the Arctic and northern regions of Eurasia and North America, having branched antlers in both sexes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An Arctic and Subarctic-dwelling deer with a number of subspecies. The North American subspecies are known as caribou.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any ruminant of the genus Rangifer, of the Deer family, found in the colder parts of both the Eastern and Western hemispheres, and having long irregularly branched antlers, with the brow tines palmate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A deer of the genus Rangifer or Tarandus, having horns in both sexes, and inhabiting arctic and cold temperate regions; the Cervus tarandus, Rangifer tarandus, or Tarandus rangifer.
  • n. In heraldry, a stag having two sets of antlers, the one pair bending downward, and the other standing erect.

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

  • n. Arctic deer with large antlers in both sexes; called `reindeer' in Eurasia and `caribou' in North America

Etymologies

Middle English reindere : Old Norse hreinn, reindeer, + Middle English der, animal; see deer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old Norse hreindýri ("reindeer"), from hreinn + dýr ("animal"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A pair of boxer shorts bedecked with cartoon reindeer is code for "We don't have sex anymore and this represents my tacit acceptance of that fact."

    Una LaMarche: Passive-Aggressive Holiday Gifts For Everyone On Your Naughty List

  • Towards the satisfaction of these demands, the reindeer is a demonstrated success in Alaska.

    The Canadian Arctic Region

  • I have bearded and bitten the frozen seas, and, aforetime of that, ere ever the ice-ages came to be, I have dripped my shoulders in reindeer gore, slain the mastodon and the sabre-tooth, scratched the record of my prowess on the walls of deep-buried caves -- ay, and suckled she-wolves side by side with my brother-cubs, the scars of whose fangs are now upon me.

    CHAPTER XXXIV

  • Better than reindeer is moose (or ‘elk’ as they call it in Europe).

    Matthew Yglesias » When the CW Is Right

  • I did a post for the Internet Food Association revealing several facts about reindeer including the fact that (a) reindeer is a real animal, (b) reindeer is delicious, and (c) reindeer is called “Caribou” in North America.

    Matthew Yglesias » When the CW Is Right

  • The scene moves to Santa's stables where the "A-team" of reindeer is having its annual pre-flight party, which involves copious amounts of eggnog and a game of Poker.

    Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: The Remake!

  • It turns out that the only difference between caribou and reindeer is that caribou are outside the fence and reindeer are inside.

    Albloggerque

  • “Yeah, but at least one other reindeer is denser.”

    Two Random Items Of A Dreamlike Nature

  • There could be a considerable expansion in reindeer herding.

    Factors Affecting Development of Canada's North

  • I have bearded and bitten the frozen seas, and, aforetime of that, ere ever the ice-ages came to be, I have dripped my shoulders in reindeer gore, slain the mastodon and the sabre-tooth, scratched the record of my prowess on the walls of deep-buried caves -- ay, and suckled she - wolves side by side with my brother-cubs, the scars of whose fangs are now upon me.

    Chapter 34

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