Definition of oriole in English:


Syllabification: o·ri·ole
Pronunciation: /ˈôrēˌōl


  • 1An Old World bird related to the starlings that feeds on fruit and insects, the male typically having bright yellow and black plumage.
    • Family Oriolidae and genus Oriolus: many species, including the golden oriole (Oriolus oriolus)
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    • First up was a bright yellow, black headed oriole which was given a new ring, as it had none.
    • The buntings, orioles, hummingbirds, and many other warblers have yet to arrive.
    • If you want to lure woodpeckers, hummingbirds, or orioles to your yard, invest in specialized feeders.
  • 2A New World bird of the American blackbird family, with black and orange or yellow plumage.
    • Genus Icterus, family Icteridae (sometimes called the American oriole family): many species, including the Baltimore oriole
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    • I see evidence of nesting by fox squirrels, blue jays, American robins, and Baltimore orioles.
    • I can't prove it, but I presume that this is the same family of hooded orioles that visits our neighborhood each year.
    • The oriole families then commence the perilous journey to tropical Africa running the gauntlet of the trappers en route.


late 18th century: from medieval Latin oriolus (in Old French oriol), from Latin aureolus, diminutive of aureus 'golden', from aurum 'gold'.

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