Definition of grosbeak in US English:



  • A finch or related songbird with a stout conical bill and typically brightly colored plumage.

    Several genera in the family Fringillidae and subfamily Cardinalinae (family Emberizidae); the white-fronted grosbeak or grosbeak weaver (Amblyospiza albifrons) belongs to the family Ploceidae

    • ‘Finches, grosbeaks, titmice, nuthatches, sparrows, and cardinals will beat a path to your door.’
    • ‘We investigated the signaling function of blue plumage in male blue grosbeaks to determine if structurally based coloration may act as a reliable signal of quality to conspecifics.’
    • ‘She's had the best luck attracting seed-feeding birds, such as finches, grosbeaks, jays and nuthatches, by using common black oil sunflower seeds.’
    • ‘So far, tantalizing reports of red and white-winged crossbills and pine grosbeaks remain just that: tantalizing, meaning just out of reach.’
    • ‘Songbirds like warblers, orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks, and sparrows are far from the only birds that display dimorphism.’


Late 17th century: from French grosbec, from gros ‘big, fat’ + bec ‘beak’.