Origin of nightingale
Definition for nightingale (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for nightingale
She reaches across the years, back to A Million Nightingale and onward to Take One Candle Light a Room.
Mr. Nightingale, it may be added, had enlarged Florence's allowance at the time of the marriage of his other daughter.
The emperor was charmed, and said the nightingale should have his gold slipper to wear round its neck.Stories from Hans Andersen|Hans Christian Andersen
The nightingale comes about the same time, and the cuckoo follows close.A Year in the Fields|John Burroughs
But his nightingale died, and then the dog, who should have followed at his funeral.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 2 (of 4)|Richard Muther
Miss Nightingale shows that she not only knows her subject, but feels it thoroughly.
British Dictionary definitions for nightingale (1 of 2)
Word Origin for nightingale
British Dictionary definitions for nightingale (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for nightingale
Old English næctigalæ, nihtegale, compound formed in Proto-Germanic (cf. Dutch nachtegaal, German Nachtigall) from *nakht- "night" (see night) + *galon "to sing," related to Old English giellan "yell" (see yell). With parasitic -n- that appeared mid-13c. Dutch nightingale "frog" is attested from 1769. In Japanese, "nightingale floor" is said to be the term for boards that creak when you walk on them.
French rossignol (Old French lousseignol) is, with Spanish ruiseñor, Portuguese rouxinol, Italian rosignuolo, from Vulgar Latin *rosciniola, dissimilated from Latin lusciniola "nightingale," diminutive of luscinia "nightingale."