- a European finch, Carduelis carduelis, having a crimson face and wings marked with yellow.
- any of certain related American finches of the genus Carduelis, as C. tristis, the male of which has yellow body plumage in the summer.
Origin of goldfinch
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Contemporary Examples of goldfinch
Best line: “No amount of straining for high-flown uplift can disguise the fact that The Goldfinch is a turkey.”Hatchet Job of the Year 2014 Shortlist Announced
January 19, 2014
Donna Tartt built her latest novel around a 350-year-old portrait of a goldfinch.Face to Face With ‘The Goldfinch,’ the Painting from Donna Tartt’s Novel
December 1, 2013
The Goldfinch proves Tartt to be a rara avis; her own species, willingly chained to her demanding muse.Time Bandit: Donna Tartt’s “Goldfinch”
October 23, 2013
Historical Examples of goldfinch
We admire the brilliant plumage of the jay, cardinal and goldfinch.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
The Goldfinch is very anxious that the sparrows should not find out this barn.What the Blackbird said
Mrs. Frederick Locker
I have not yet heard what the Government gave me for my horse "Goldfinch."
The Government gave me £70 for "Goldfinch," which was good, I think.
"I think that is a dreadful thing," said the goldfinch, with a shudder.Policeman Bluejay
L. Frank Baum
- a common European finch, Carduelis carduelis, the adult of which has a red-and-white face and yellow-and-black wings
- any of several North American finches of the genus Spinus, esp the yellow-and-black species S. tristis