mock·​ing·​bird | \ ˈmä-kiŋ-ˌbərd How to pronounce mockingbird (audio) , ˈmȯ- \

Definition of mockingbird

: a common grayish North American bird (Mimus polyglottos) related to the thrashers that is remarkable for its exact imitations of the notes of other birds

Examples of mockingbird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To date, Creager’s rescues have included a cardinal, a wren, a towhee and a mockingbird. Mary Colurso |, al, 23 Sep. 2020 Though Thomas Jefferson preferred mockingbirds to canines, the posh Jefferson hotel, themed after America’s third president, caters to the latter. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Oct. 2019 Delivered to your inbox on Wednesday and Friday DEAR JOAN: The predawn chirping bird referenced in your Aug. 16 column is almost certainly a California Towhee rather than a mockingbird. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 21 Aug. 2019 The more tunes the mockingbird can work into his serenade, the better. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 5 Aug. 2019 This spring, baby birds (starting with starlings and sparrows and then songbirds such as robins, blue jays, cardinals and mockingbirds) will hatch. Kitson Jazynka,, 25 Apr. 2018 Northern mockingbirds have started singing in earnest, along with Eastern towhees. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, 16 Feb. 2018 The scientists also reversed the scenario, dropping host eggs from wrens, mockingbirds, and blackbirds onto cowbird eggs. Erica Tennenhouse, Science | AAAS, 8 May 2018 Encounter northern mockingbirds, indigo buntings, and yellow-rumped warblers at Pickering Creek Audubon Center (, a 400-acre sanctuary of trails teeming with coastal wildlife habitats. Stephanie Citron,, 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of mockingbird

1676, in the meaning defined above

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“Mockingbird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mockingbird

: a North American bird that sings loudly and copies the songs of other birds


mock·​ing·​bird | \ ˈmä-kiŋ-ˌbərd How to pronounce mockingbird (audio) \

Kids Definition of mockingbird

: a songbird of North America noted for its imitations of other birds

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