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)