[ tan-uh-jer ]
/ ˈtæn ə dʒər /


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

Origin of tanager

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

Examples from the Web for tanager

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