any of several small, chiefly Old World songbirds of the subfamily Sylviidae.Compare blackcap(def 1), reed warbler.
Also called wood warbler. any of numerous small New World songbirds of the family Parulidae, many species of which are brightly colored.Compare yellow warbler.
a person or thing that warbles.

Origin of warbler

First recorded in 1605–15; warble1 + -er1
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Contemporary Examples of warbler

  • She must have told her that dozens of species of warbler—all little and bright, with voices like flutes—came north every spring.

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    April 12, 2009

Historical Examples of warbler

  • "Perhaps it was a warbler or a thrush," I thought, and walked on.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • Wilson's Warbler is a common spring and probably fall migrant in Coahuila.

  • Audubon's Warbler is a common winter visitant and migrant in Coahuila.

  • One of the most delightful of these hermits is the Kentucky warbler.

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    Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser

  • What an enigma the Tennessee warbler for a long time remained to me!

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    Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser

British Dictionary definitions for warbler



a person or thing that warbles
any small active passerine songbird of the Old World subfamily Sylviinae: family Muscicapidae. They have a cryptic plumage and slender bill and are arboreal insectivores
Also called: wood warbler any small bird of the American family Parulidae, similar to the Old World forms but often brightly coloured
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Word Origin and History for warbler

agent noun from warble (v.). Applied to Old World songbirds by 1773 and to North American birds that look like them but sing little by 1783.

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