a European thrush, Turdus pilaris, having reddish-brown plumage with an ashy head and a blackish tail.

Origin of fieldfare

before 1100; Middle English feldefare (with two f's by alliterative assimilation), Old English feldeware perhaps, field dweller Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fieldfare

Historical Examples of fieldfare

  • Of course Mr. Fieldfare was not in the morning-room of the club as he ought to have been.

    Mr. Prohack

    E. Arnold Bennett

  • The eggs number from four to six, and are somewhat like those of the Fieldfare, only not so large.

  • Of our winter visitants that come to take the place of the summer migrants the fieldfare is the commonest and most familiar.

    A Cotswold Village

    J. Arthur Gibbs

  • We have found many nests of the latter in the trees, and one of a fieldfare in a bank.

    Three in Norway

    James Arthur Lees

  • This species is smaller than the song thrush, and has much resemblance to the fieldfare.

British Dictionary definitions for fieldfare



a large Old World thrush, Turdus pilaris, having a pale grey head and rump, brown wings and back, and a blackish tail

Word Origin for fieldfare

Old English feldefare; see field, fare
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