oriole

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noun ori·ole \ˈȯr-ē-ˌōl, -ē-əl\

Definition of oriole

  1. 1 :  any of various usually brightly colored Old World passerine birds (family Oriolidae and especially genus Oriolus)

  2. 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

Origin and Etymology of oriole

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


First Known Use: 1768


ORIOLE Defined for English Language Learners

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noun ori·ole \ˈȯr-ē-ˌōl, -ē-əl\

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

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noun ori·ole \ˈȯr-ē-ˌōl\

Definition of oriole for Students

  1. 1 :  an American songbird related to the blackbird that has a bright orange and black male

  2. 2 :  a yellow and black bird of Europe and Asia related to the crow



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