1. tern

noun. ['ˈtɝːnz'] small slender gull having narrow wings and a forked tail.


  • subfamily Sterninae
  • Sterna hirundo
  • Sterninae
  • larid


  • terne (French)

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Sentences with tern

1. Noun, singular or mass
The roseate tern can go all the way under the water’s surface after a long dive and pursue a fish by using its wings to propel it through the water.

2. Adjective
The endangered California least tern (Sterna antillarum browni) has a momentarily stable population of approximately 7,500 birds.