- a bird that is commonly kept in a cage as a pet.
Origin of cage bird
First recorded in 1620–30
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Examples from the Web for cage bird
"Better be a wood-bird than a cage-bird, you know," the old man whispered.The Eternal City
The cage-bird class has as its most important representative the canary.Our Domestic Birds
John H. Robinson
Miss Beale, rushing across London in a taxi, reminded him of nothing more masterful than a cage-bird turned loose in a tempest.Number Seventeen
Pothinus finally discovered that he was having some difficulty in keeping his cage-bird contented.A Friend of Caesar
William Stearns Davis
Lean on the wall, and loose her cage-bird heart, To lift and breast and dance upon the breeze.