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. 

(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)