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
Orioles can’t capitalize The Orioles receive one-out doubles in both the third and fourth innings Friday, but couldn’t score in either frame against Musgrove.
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In fact, seven of the bird species found at the site still live in the Sonora region – including red-winged blackbirds and orchard orioles – but one species is entirely extinct.
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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
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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