[fahyuh r-burd]


any of several small birds having bright red or orange plumage, especially the Baltimore oriole.

Origin of firebird

First recorded in 1815–25; fire + bird

Firebird, The

[fahyuh r-burd]


a ballet (1910) with music by Stravinsky. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of firebird

  • Peter had heard him called the Firebird, and now he understood why.

  • Dost thou know the firebird, with his coat of red, and the yellow finches and the bluebirds?

  • When we played the Stravinsky pieces here, for instance, his Pétrouschka and Firebird had not yet been heard.

    Violin Mastery

    Frederick H. Martens

  • The sea piled itself into waves with crests of foam, and the firebird came flying from the other side of the world.

British Dictionary definitions for firebird



mainly US any of various songbirds having a bright red plumage, esp the Baltimore oriole
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