from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various Old World passerine birds of the family Oriolidae, of which the males are characteristically black and bright yellow or orange.
  • n. Any of various similar New World birds of the family Icteridae.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various colourful passerine birds, the New World orioles from the family Icteridae and the Old World orioles from the family Oriolidae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of various species of Old World singing birds of the family Oriolidæ. They are usually conspicuously colored with yellow and black. The European or golden oriole (Oriolus galbula, or Oriolus oriolus) has a very musical flutelike note.
  • n. In America, any one of several species of the genus Icterus, belonging to the family Icteridæ. See Baltimore oriole, and Orchard oriole, under orchard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bird of Europe, Oriolus galbula, so called from its rich yellow color massed with black; also, any bird of the family Oriolidœ.
  • n. Any American hangnest of the family Icteridœ and subfamily lcterinœ, as the Baltimore oriole and orchard-oriole.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. mostly tropical songbird; the male is usually bright orange and black
  • n. American songbird; male is black and orange or yellow


Obsolete French oriol, from Old French, from Latin aureolus, diminutive of aureus, golden, from aurum, gold.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French oriole, from Old French, from Late Latin oriolus, from Latin aureolus. (Wiktionary)


  • Hang pieces of colored yarn near the place where the oriole is building its nest, and the bird seizes upon them eagerly and weaves them into the structure, not mindful at all of the obvious incongruity.

    In the Noon of Science

  • Mr. Wilson says the Baltimore oriole is not found in the pine countries, and yet they are common birds here – regular members of our summer flock; and we have remarked they are very often seen and heard among the pines of the churchyard; it is quite a favorite haunt of theirs.

    Rural Hours

  • The pensile nest of the oriole is more striking and peculiar, as well as much more neat than any other.

    Rural Hours

  • These are sometimes very troublesome at the time of ripening, and especially the oriole is a "hard customer," as he will generally dip his bill into every berry; often ruining a fine bunch, or a number of them, in a short time.

    The Cultivation of The Native Grape, and Manufacture of American Wines

  • The oriole is a timid bird and is glad to rear up its family under the aegis of so doughty a warrior as the Black Prince of the Birds.

    A Bird Calendar for Northern India

  • That was a happy thought of Tom's to call the oriole Orestes, which means dweller in the woods, but thanks to Hervey the name became corrupted in camp talk, and the nickname of Asbestos caught the community and became instantly popular.

    Tom Slade on Mystery Trail

  • "Somebody in a book called the oriole Orestes, because that means dweller in the woods," Tom ventured.

    Tom Slade on Mystery Trail

  • Besides all this, the oriole is a neighborly little body; and that helps her.

    Ways of Wood Folk

  • Baltimore won for the first The oriole is the easiest to hear, but in the background is the wood thrush. - Articles related to Tampa Bay Rays (8-3) at Boston Red Sox (4-7), 1:35 p.m.

  • The oriole is the easiest to hear, but in the background is the wood thrush. - Articles related to Tampa Bay Rays (8-3) at Boston Red Sox (4-7), 1:35 p.m.


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