- any of several usually brightly colored, passerine birds of the family Oriolidae, of the Old World.Compare golden oriole.
- any of several brightly colored passerine birds of the family Icteridae, of the New World.
Origin of oriole
Examples from the Web for oriole
The next day, he spent the morning at Memorial Stadium pouring cokes at an Oriole party for a hundred poor children.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
She could hear the oriole singing in the elm; his song was almost articulate.Meadow Grass
So the hornet is now an oriole, a bird that is loved by every one.The Book of Nature Myths
Why does the beaver build his dam, and the oriole hang her nest?The Mind and Its Education
George Herbert Betts
"All men who enter the forest are," answered the oriole, positively.Policeman Bluejay
L. Frank Baum
The parents had nothing like the work of the robin, oriole, or blue jay.A Bird-Lover in the West
Olive Thorne Miller
- any songbird of the mainly tropical Old World family Oriolidae, such as Oriolus oriolus (golden oriole), having a long pointed bill and a mostly yellow-and-black plumage
- any American songbird of the family Icteridae, esp those of the genus Icterus, such as the Baltimore oriole, with a typical male plumage of black with either orange or yellow
Word Origin and History for oriole
1776, from French oriol "golden oriole," Old Provençal auriol, from Medieval Latin oryolus, from Latin aureolus "golden," from PIE *aus- "gold" (see aureate). Originally in reference to the golden oriole (Oriolus galbula), a bird of black and yellow plumage that summers in Europe (but is uncommon in England). Applied from 1791 to the unrelated but similarly colored North American species Icterus baltimore.