Bruin definition

bro͝oĭn
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A bear.
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(name, proper) A name for any bear in fable and folklore.
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(proper) The bear in the medieval beast epic Reynard the Fox.
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The definition of a bruin is a bear.

An example of a bruin is the mascot of the Boston hockey team, the Blades.

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A folk name for a bear, especially the brown bear, Ursus arctos.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bruin
Plural:
bruins

Origin of bruin

  • Middle English name of the bear in History of Reynard the Fox, translated by William Caxton from Middle Dutch bruun, bruin brown, name of the bear in the Middle Dutch version of the fable bher-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Dutch bruin (“brown”) via William Caxton's 1485 translation of a Dutch version of the legend of Reynard the Fox. Bruin is the bear, named for his brown color.

    From Wiktionary