love·​bird ˈləv-ˌbərd How to pronounce lovebird (audio)
plural lovebirds
: any of various small usually gray or green parrots (especially genus Agapornis of Africa) that show great affection for their mates
lovebirds plural, informal : people who are lovers : people who are in a romantic relationship
The two lovebirds were spotted … boating on the water during the day, before hitting the club at night. Maeve McDermott
Another day, another tiny PDA moment for lovebirds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Kayla Keegan

Example Sentences

I think I'll leave you two lovebirds alone for a while.
Recent Examples on the Web The lovebird and bat are drawn to each other like fangs to a vein in the brand-new trailer, with plenty of PDA and tender words shared between clips of family bonding, paranormal school life, and stolen moments away from prying eyes. Seventeen, 17 May 2022 Closeup on the lovebird, who squints, staring at the child’s hand. Ellis Rosen, The New Yorker, 23 Apr. 2021 The lovebirds were married less than a year later, in June 2006 Kidman and Urban married welcome their first daughter, Sunday Rose, in 2008, and their second daughter, Faith Margaret, in 2010. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 1 May 2020 For other young lovebirds, the coronavirus had the opposite effect. Charlotte Alter, Time, 27 Mar. 2020 Dakota Johnson and Chris Martin were reportedly spotted together this week, fueling rumors that the former lovebirds are back together. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Aug. 2019 So, the lovebirds organized a last-minute beach ceremony with a total of five people on the special day last week. USA TODAY, 17 Apr. 2020 On Sunday, the lovebirds tied the knot at their Cumming home, with the ceremony captured on video for family members to experience. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 1 Apr. 2020 The pair was walking a small Pomeranian and holding hands when an undercover cop flashed his badge and told the lovebirds to get a room, literally. Ellie Borstad, USA Today, 27 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lovebird was in 1597

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Cite this Entry

“Lovebird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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love·​bird ˈləv-ˌbərd How to pronounce lovebird (audio)
: any of various small usually gray or green parrots that are noted for the expression of caring behavior for their mates

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