tan·​a·​ger ˈta-ni-jər How to pronounce tanager (audio)
: any of numerous chiefly tropical American oscine birds (family Thraupidae) that are often brightly colored and inhabit mostly woodlands compare scarlet tanager

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Elsewhere there were Connecticut warblers in Hatfield, North Hadley, and Belchertown, a yellow-throated vireo in Belchertown, a least flycatcher at Arcadia Sanctuary, and a summer tanager in Amherst. Maria Elena Little Endara, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Oct. 2022 Description: This tanager has a large dark bill, a dark-bordered ear-patch and striped back. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 5 Dec. 2022 An Eurasian wigeon in Seekonk, three cattle egrets in Fairhaven and a Western tanager and a late chimney swift in Mansfield. Isabela Rocha, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Oct. 2022 Cape Cod: a brown pelican on the Pamet jetty in Truro, a western wood-pewee banded at South Monomoy, a black-throated gray warbler at Sandy Neck in Barnstable, and a summer tanager at Fort Hill in Eastham. Maria Elena Little Endara, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Oct. 2022 Three sandhill cranes in Ashfield and a summer tanager in New Salem. BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2022 Franklin County: The area continued to sustain a summer tanager at a feeder at 73 Hadley Road in Sunderland, and one or two black vultures are being regularly spotted in the vicinity of Turners Falls. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Feb. 2022 Franklin County: Observers spotted a rough-legged hawk at the Orange Airport, five black vultures at Turners Falls and three in Deerfield, and a continuing summer tanager at 73 Hadley Road in Sunderland. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Feb. 2022 Among reports were a snow goose in Orange, two northern shrikes at the Orange Airport, and a remarkable summer tanager visiting a feeder at 73 Hadley Road in Sunderland. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History


New Latin tanagra, modification of Portuguese tangará, any of various birds of the suboscine family Pipridae, from Tupi tagará, taŋgará

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tanager was in 1801

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“Tanager.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tanager. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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tan·​a·​ger ˈtan-i-jər How to pronounce tanager (audio)
: any of numerous small mostly tropical American birds that are often brightly colored compare scarlet tanager

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