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oriole Line breaks: ori¦ole
Pronunciation: /ˈɔːrɪəʊl/

Definition of oriole in English:


1A tree-dwelling Old World bird of which the male typically has bright yellow and black plumage.
  • Family Oriolidae and genus Oriolus: many species, including the golden oriole
Example sentences
  • 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
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with oriole

aureole, gloriole
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