Definition of swallow noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈswɒləʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɑːloʊ//
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  1. 1 a small bird with long pointed wings and a tail with two points, that spends the winter in Africa but flies to northern countries for the summer See related entries: Birds
  2. of food/drink
  3. 2an act of swallowing; an amount of food or drink that is swallowed at one time She took a swallow of coffee.
  4. Word Originnoun sense 1 Old English swealwe, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zwaluw and German Schwalbe. noun sense 2 Old English swelgan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zwelgen and German schwelgen.Idioms
    one swallow doesn’t make a summer
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    (saying) you must not take too seriously a small sign that something is happening or will happen in the future, because the situation could change
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: swallow