ori·​ole | \ ˈȯr-ē-ˌōl How to pronounce oriole (audio) , -ē-əl How to pronounce oriole (audio) \

Definition of oriole

1 : any of various usually brightly colored Old World passerine birds (family Oriolidae and especially genus Oriolus)
2 : any of various New World passerine birds (genus Icterus of the family Icteridae) of which the males are usually black and yellow or black and orange

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Examples of oriole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mealworm seedcake, for example, is designed to attract bluebirds, orioles, wrens, jays, chickadees and titmice. Kara Carlson, The Seattle Times, 12 July 2017 The stream is home to tree frogs, while orioles, tanagers, crows, hawks and humming birds often fly overhead. Erika I. Ritchie, Orange County Register, 4 May 2017 Behind the birdhouse the bright red blossoms of a bottlebrush tree were attracting Anna’s hummingbirds, while a hooded oriole was sewing an elaborate hanging basket nest into the underside of a broad palm frond. Ernie Cowan Outdoors, sandiegouniontribune.com, 1 July 2017

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First Known Use of oriole

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for oriole

New Latin oriolus, from Medieval Latin, from Old French oriol, from Latin aureolus golden-colored, diminutive of aureus golden — more at aureus

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“Oriole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oriole. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oriole

: a colorful North American bird that has an orange or yellow body with black wings
: a European bird


ori·​ole | \ ˈȯr-ē-ˌōl How to pronounce oriole (audio) \

Kids Definition of oriole

1 : an American songbird related to the blackbird that has a bright orange and black male
2 : a yellow and black bird of Europe and Asia related to the crow

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