1. any of various small parrots, especially of the genus Agapornis, of Africa, noted for the affection shown one another and often kept as pets.
  2. lovebirds, a pair of lovers, especially a married couple who show very close mutual love and concern.

Origin of lovebird

First recorded in 1585–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for love bird


  1. any of several small African parrots of the genus Agapornis, often kept as cage birds
  2. another name for budgerigar
  3. informal a loverthe lovebirds are in the garden
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Word Origin and History for love bird

1590s, small species of West African parrot, noted for the remarkable attention mating pairs pay to one another; figurative sense of "a lover" is attested from 1911.

Hold hands, you lovebirds. [Emil Sitka]
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