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
Recent Examples of oriole from the Web
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.
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ORIOLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of oriole for English Language Learners
: a colorful North American bird that has an orange or yellow body with black wings
: a European bird
ORIOLE Defined for Kids
Definition of oriole for Students
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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