Meaning of “dolphin” in the English Dictionary

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"dolphin" in British English

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dolphinnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdɒl.fɪn/ us /ˈdɑːl.fɪn/

Examples from literature

  • After studying dolphins, people built submarines to move quickly in the ocean and stay under the water for a long time. 
  • Dolphins move quickly in the water not only to be safe from danger. 
  • Dolphins use their tails to go faster and their fins to change direction. 
  • Whales and dolphins look like fish, but they’re really mammals! 
  • While many other animals, such as chimpanzees and dolphins, live in groups and communicate, scientists don’t know for certain whether they can talk and share complicated ideas. 
  • He notices that the dolphin's bright colors afford a warning to his enemies, and give them a chance of escape. 
  • He tapped out a distress call which the dolphins could relay to the swimmers. 
  • I tell you there's a shark swimming in these waters—a shark so big that by comparison Port Royal Tom would seem like a dolphin. 
  • The dolphin is called, from the swiftness of its motion, the arrow of the sea. 
  • We had too much reason to fear, for scarce was the sun set when we saw about twenty men from a desert island advancing towards us, each on the back of a large dolphin. 

(Definition of “dolphin” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dolphin" in American English

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dolphinnoun [ C ]

us /ˈdɑl·fən, ˈdɔl-/

a sea mammal that looks like a large fish with a pointed mouth

(Definition of “dolphin” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)