my·​nah ˈmī-nə How to pronounce mynah (audio)
variants or myna
: any of various Asian starlings (especially genera Acridotheres, Gracula, and Sturnus)
especially : a dark brown slightly crested bird (A. tristis) of southeastern Asia with a white tail tip and wing markings and bright yellow bill and feet compare hill mynah

Illustration of mynah

Illustration of mynah

Examples of mynah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The passengers want the train to stay there, because a mynah is singing in the branches of a mahua tree. James Wood, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 An Asian exhibit in the birdhouse includes hornbills and Bali mynahs. Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Folktales and royal texts are replete with mynahs, parrots, and pigeons that adorned imperial courts and entertained wealthy families. National Geographic, 10 Sep. 2016

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'mynah.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


Hindi & Urdu mainā hill mynah, from Sanskrit madana, a kind of bird

First Known Use

1620, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mynah was in 1620

Dictionary Entries Near mynah

Cite this Entry

“Mynah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants or myna
: any of various Asian starlings
especially : one that is mostly black and is often tamed and trained to mimic words

More from Merriam-Webster on mynah

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!