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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Quin \Quin\, n. (Zo["o]l.) A European scallop ( Pecten opercularis), used as food.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1935, short for quintuplet, one of five.


Etymology 1 n. (context informal English) A quintuplet. Etymology 2

n. A European scallop, ''Pecten opercularis'', used as food.


n. one of five children born at the same time from the same pregnancy [syn: quintuplet, quint]


Quin may refer to:

  • Quinlan a male given name, Quin is a shortened form of Quinlan.
  • Dugall Quin, a character in the folk ballad Dugall Quin
  • Mr. Quin, a character in the short story collection The Mysterious Mr. Quin
  • Quin (Sigilverse), a fictional planet
  • Quin, County Clare, a village in County Clare, Ireland

People named Quin:

  • Andy Quin (born 1960), composer and jazz pianist
  • Ann Quin (1936–1973), British writer
  • Barry Quin (21st century), British-born actor
  • Betty Quin (21st century), Australian script writer
  • Edward Quin (died 1823), Irish journalist and his son Edward Quin (1794–1828), cartographer
  • Edward Quin (pastoralist) (died 1922), New South Wales politician
  • Edwin Wyndham-Quin, 3rd Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl (1812–1871), 1st Baron Kenry, politician
  • Frederic Hervey Foster Quin (1799–1878), the first homeoopathic physician in England
  • Huston Quin (1876–1938), mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
  • James Quin (1693–1766), English actor
  • Jesse Quin (born 1981), English musician
  • Joyce Quin, Baroness Quin (born 1944), Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom
  • Michael Joseph Quin (1796–1843), Irish author, journalist and editor
  • Percy Quin (1872–1932), American politician
  • Sara Quin (born 1980), Canadian musician
  • Tegan Quin (born 1980), Canadian musician
  • Valentine Quin, 1st Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl (1752–1824), Earl in the Peerage of Ireland
  • Walter Quin (1575?–1634?), poet and royal tutor of Charles I of England
  • William Quin (c. 1836–1880), plasterer and politician in South Australia
  • Windham Quin, 2nd Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl (1782–1850), member of the United Kingdom Parliament
  • Quin Snyder (born 1966), current head coach of the NBDL's Austin Toros

Usage examples of "quin".

Binis cohortibus ad impedimenta tuenda relictis reliquum exercitum in copiosissimos agros Biturigum inducit, qui, cum latos fines et complura oppida haberent, unius legionis hibernis non potuerint contineri quin bellum pararent coniurationesque facerent.

Qua re per exploratores nuntiata Caesar legiones quas expeditas esse iusserat portis incensis intromittit atque oppido potitur, perpaucis ex hostium numero desideratis quin cuncti caperentur, quod pontis atque itinerum angustiae multitudinis fugam intercluserant.

Treveri vero atque Indutiomarus totius hiemis nullum tempus intermiserunt, quin trans Rhenum legatos mitterent, civitates sollicitarent, pecunias pollicerentur, magna parte exercitus nostri interfecta multo minorem superesse dicerent partem.

Bowmout were in the hands of a long-established and dozy firm of solicitors in Berwick-upon-Tweed, bill for quick action in this highly personal matter, Quin had selected Dick Proudfoot, of Proudfoot, Buckley and Snaith, whom he had known in Cambridge.

A son of Quin Dain, who was brought out to the halo as a speaker for Earth after the defeat of the heatseeker queen.

Thorsen brought it aboard in a computer casethe same case in which he had smuggled it down from the High Lab. He let Quin install it and gave him tech guides for it.

It wasnae perfect, mark you, but the Quin wasnae as cold in them days.

Quin might have been born on Halo Station if the old Aldebaran had been a faster ship, but he had come prematurely while they were still in space, six months out from Cotopaxi High and weeks before they found Janoort.

Quin got to know Charbon in the classroom, there to lecture on astronomy and space navigation.

Quin was at a telescope in the dome next morning, following what was left of the Spica and plotting its positions, when Charbon brought Jason to see the search gear.

Quin saw Kerry reaching for his starmist, as eager as Charbon clearly was to be rid of Jason.

Quin went to Charbon, begging permission to call and tell his mother he was still alive.

Waiting, waitingtill one sudden dawn when Quin came in with Kerry to find Charbon high off the floor.

Before that was finished, Runesong was hovering at the air lock with another call for Quin and Mindi.

The newly discovered Gaius distinctly states that it was in virtue of a law - Nec unquam dubitatum est, quin id legis vicem obtineat, cum ipse imperator per legem imperium accipiat.