Definition of lovebird in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlʌvbəːd/


1A very small African and Madagascan parrot with mainly green plumage and typically a red or black face, noted for the affectionate behaviour of mated birds.
  • Genus Agapornis, family Psittacidae: several species.
Example sentences
  • It was a parrot or parakeet or possibly a lovebird.
  • However, the coloration of the lovebird in no way affects the quality of the pet.
  • When a lovebird dies, its mate just gives up and fades with it.
2 (lovebirds) informal An openly affectionate couple: I’ve no taste for playing gooseberry to a couple of lovebirds
More example sentences
  • Their daughter Julie said: ‘They have lived in the same house for nearly 50 years and are still a couple of lovebirds and as happy as ever.’
  • Not long ago, while I'd stepped into the powder room, a couple of tourist lovebirds occupied my base of operations/corner booth.
  • John and Jennifer are a couple of lovebirds on their way to a weekend retreat at a cabin.

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