goldfinch

noun
gold·​finch | \ ˈgōl(d)-ˌfinch How to pronounce goldfinch (audio) \

Definition of goldfinch

: any of several small, active, often brightly-colored finches (genus Carduelis of the family Fringillidae) with yellow in their plumage: such as
a : a small finch (Carduelis tristis) native to North America that in the breeding plumage of the male is yellow with a white rump and black markings on the wings, tail, and crown

called also American goldfinch

b : one (Carduelis carduelis) native to Europe, western and central Asia, and northern Africa that has the front of the head and throat bright red, the nape with part of the wings and tail black, and the wings marked in bright yellow

Examples of goldfinch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2020 there were two, a lesser goldfinch and an Allen's hummingbird, Brady said. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2021 In 2020 there were two, a lesser goldfinch and an Allen's hummingbird, Brady said. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2021 Because the goldfinch spends considerable time near large buildings, the course offers skyscrapers, with a Willis Tower at the hole itself. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, 18 Aug. 2021 In 2020 there were two, a lesser goldfinch and an Allen's hummingbird, Brady said. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2021 In 2020 there were two, a lesser goldfinch and an Allen's hummingbird, Brady said. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2021 Birds are ancient symbols for the soul, and for Christianity the goldfinch had come to signal resurrection. Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2021 In 2020 there were two, a lesser goldfinch and an Allen's hummingbird, Brady said. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 June 2021 Looking similar to a large, stocky goldfinch with formidable bill, the showy evening grosbeak is a special-concern species in Wisconsin. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of goldfinch

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Goldfinch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goldfinch. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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goldfinch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of goldfinch

: a small mostly yellow American bird
: a small European bird that has red on its head and yellow and black wings

goldfinch

noun
gold·​finch | \ ˈgōld-ˌfinch How to pronounce goldfinch (audio) \

Kids Definition of goldfinch

1 : a small European bird with a yellow patch on each wing
2 : a small mostly yellow American bird

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