1A small finch-like Old World bird related to the weaver birds, typically with brown and grey plumage.
- Family Passeridae (or Ploceidae): four genera, in particular Passer, and many species, e.g. the cosmopolitan house sparrow (P. domesticus)
More example sentences
- With a beat of her tiny brown wings, the sparrow was on her way.
- Smaller birds such as pigeons, thrushes, jackdaws, robins and sparrows would also have been seen on a regular basis.
- While we don't have tall trees, our neighbors do, and the firs and oaks that surround our property drop acorns and provide homes for jays, woodpeckers, robins and sparrows.
2 [usually with modifier] Any of a number of birds that resemble true sparrows in size or colour:
- ● an American bunting (many genera in the subfamily Emberizinae, family Emberizidae). ● a waxbill, in particular the Java sparrow. ● see hedge sparrow
Old English spearwa, of Germanic origin.
Definition of sparrow in:
- The US English dictionary