Definition of snowbird in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsnōˌbərd/ /ˈsnoʊˌbərd/


  • 1North American informal A northerner who moves to a warmer southern state in the winter.

    ‘at the peak of the tourist season the hotel hosted an additional three hundred snowbirds and backpackers’
    • ‘The phrase ‘Québécois at the beach’ usually conjures up images of Quebec's snowbirds escaping winter for Florida's sunny shores.’
    • ‘That would allow snowbirds and Southeastern race fans to spend three weeks in Florida, migrating from one track to the other.’
    • ‘Sue all Northern Yankee States for forcing snowbirds to leave by criminal tacit encouragement of bad weather.’
    • ‘There she reportedly sells time-share accommodation to so-called ageing snowbirds who migrate south for the winter.’
    • ‘The variety is clearly aimed at family vacationers and snowbirds who can afford a winter residence in the Sunshine State.’
    • ‘They're not necessarily resort communities, you know, some snowbirds go down there and there's long time residents live down there.’
    • ‘San Augustine is popular with snowbirds and retirees.’
    • ‘Many of them are, you know, year-round residents, many snowbirds, and the majority of whom are older citizens, correct?’
    • ‘Also, if you are a snowbird and live for 6 months in the North and 6 months in Florida where you own or rent a house or condo, register in Florida.’
    • ‘It sits atop an emerging category of RVs that appeal to urbanites who are far more design-conscious than the senior snowbirds driving big white boxes from hookup to hookup.’
    • ‘Destin, located in the panhandle region, has become a prime landing strip for snowbirds who would rather gaze at blue water and white sand than gray buildings and freeways.’
    • ‘This snowbird will be happy only if their appearance includes sufficient snowfall this winter to make for plenty of happy cross country ski outings.’
    • ‘Beware of snowbirds: Beginning Oct. 31, Canadian discounter CanJet will add a Sunday-only non-stop flight between Orlando and Halifax, Nova Scotia.’
    • ‘I had an eight-month contract that would get to the winter months, and I would head to Arizona, just like the snowbirds, and work on a couple of courses down there, doing mostly irrigation work for four months out of the year.’
    • ‘Locations will be by no coincidence in the same regions where the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau beams a good share of its advertising - to the snowbirds in the Midwest.’
    • ‘There's snowbirds coming from Canada and Washington, they're stopping in, picking up cheese and taking it down to Phoenix and Southern California.’
    • ‘For that reason, cremation is very popular in markets across Arizona and Florida, home to many snowbirds and transplanted retirees, as shown in the above map.’
    • ‘Yet the retirees and snowbirds who loyally filled the condos during Palm Springs' downturn in the 1980s and early '90s are still there.’
    • ‘And if a good beer can't be found, a tequila will do in this town filled with snowbirds, University of Arizona students and tourists.’
    • ‘We became acclimated to ‘dry heat’ and discovered why so many snowbirds return to the area for its unique beauty, year after year.’
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  • 2A widespread and variable junco with gray or brown upper parts and a white belly.

    Junco hyemalis, family Emberizidae (subfamily Emberizinae). Alternative names: northern junco, dark-eyed junco, slate-colored junco

    • ‘On days with fresh snowfall, GC concentrations were higher in dark-eyed juncos than on days without fresh snow and fat reserves increased after these snows.’
    • ‘Dominant dark-eyed juncos also obtained more food than subordinate juncos when food was clumped and the same amount of food when food was dispersed.’
    • ‘Similarly, in male and female dark-eyed juncos, dominance was related to prior residency.’
    • ‘We studied a captive population of dark-eyed juncos in a simulated intruder situation.’
    • ‘Response to the predator model was compared to a control model of the largely granivorous bird, the dark-eyed junco, which represents no predation threat.’
    1. 2.1The snow bunting.
      ‘All too soon, Johnny's cutting zigzags across trapping lines and frozen inlets, listening to snowbirds whistle and the dogs pant.’



/ˈsnōˌbərd/ /ˈsnoʊˌbərd/