Definition of oriole in English:



  • 1An Old World bird related to the starlings that feeds on fruit and insects, the male typically having bright yellow and black plumage.

    • ‘Shade plantations also provide homes to seasonal migrants like warblers, orioles, tanagers, and hummingbirds.’
    • ‘The buntings, orioles, hummingbirds, and many other warblers have yet to arrive.’
    • ‘Despite brilliant colouring, orioles are often difficult to see slipping through the foliage where sun, shade and trembling leaves create a broken pattern of black and yellow - perfect for hiding from prying eyes.’
    • ‘First up was a bright yellow, black headed oriole which was given a new ring, as it had none.’
    • ‘If you want to lure woodpeckers, hummingbirds, or orioles to your yard, invest in specialized feeders.’
  • 2A New World bird of the American blackbird family, with black and orange or yellow plumage.

    • ‘Although I have tried every year to attract orioles to orange halves placed in a container meant just for that purpose, I've not met with success.’
    • ‘I see evidence of nesting by fox squirrels, blue jays, American robins, and Baltimore orioles.’
    • ‘The oriole families then commence the perilous journey to tropical Africa running the gauntlet of the trappers en route.’
    • ‘Omland, Lanyon, and Fritz also found that it was important to sample more than one individual to accurately infer species relationships in New World orioles.’
    • ‘I can't prove it, but I presume that this is the same family of hooded orioles that visits our neighborhood each year.’


Late 18th century: from medieval Latin oriolus (in Old French oriol), from Latin aureolus, diminutive of aureus golden from aurum gold.