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[ tan-uh-jer ]
/ ˈtæn ə dʒər /


any of numerous songbirds of the New World family Thraupidae, the males of which are usually brightly colored.

Nearby words

tan someone's hide, tan, amy, tan-tung, tana, tanach, tanager, tanagra, tanagra figurine, tanagrine, tanaina, tanaka

Origin of tanager

1605–15; < New Latin tanagra, metathetic variant of Tupi tangara Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tanager


/ (ˈtænədʒə) /


any American songbird of the family Thraupidae, having a short thick bill and a brilliantly coloured male plumage

Word Origin for tanager

C19: from New Latin tanagra, based on Tupi tangara
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for tanager



small American oscine bird, 1844, from Modern Latin tanagra, named 1758 by Linnaeus, alteration of Portuguese tangara, from Tupi (Brazil) tangara.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper