song·​bird | \ ˈsȯŋ-ˌbərd How to pronounce songbird (audio) \

Definition of songbird

1a : a bird that utters a succession of musical tones
b : an oscine bird
2 : a female singer

Examples of songbird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The same goes for ortolan, a nearly extinct French songbird, which is prepared by blinding the bird and then drowning it in brandy, a practice that is now banned in the European Union. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 Panelist Jenny McCarthy agreed that the sensational songbird was a frontrunner. Rachel Yang,, 7 Apr. 2021 The camera focuses on a bobbing flower or berry over the sound of a melodious songbird. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2021 In the next sixty years, the range of one songbird, the scarlet tanager, will likely move north almost a thousand miles, into central Canada. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2021 The major songbird migration runs from late April to mid-May, with many species stopping over at the refuge. oregonlive, 21 Mar. 2021 The Star Ranch property contains a mix of chaparral, wetlands and stream-side habitat which support endangered species, including the arroyo toad and least Bell’s vireo, a rare songbird. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Mar. 2021 In February 2020, Chelsea Curry noticed a yellow songbird perched on a bird feeder in their home in Rushville. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2021 More information can be found about this songbird on the nature reserve's website. Giulia Heyward And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of songbird

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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24 May 2021

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“Songbird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of songbird

: a bird that produces a series of musical sounds : a bird that sings especially in an appealing way
chiefly US, somewhat old-fashioned : a female singer


song·​bird | \ ˈsȯŋ-ˌbərd How to pronounce songbird (audio) \

Kids Definition of songbird

: a bird that produces a series of usually musical sounds

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