A goldfinch perched on a branch.
goldfinch definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
any of various yellow-and-black finches; esp., a Eurasian songbird (Carduelis carduelis) or an American species (C. tristis)
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English goldfinc: see gold and amp; finch
goldfinch definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Any of several small American finches of the genus Carduelis, especially C. tristis, of which the male has yellow plumage with a black forehead, wings, and tail.
- A small Eurasian finch (Carduelis carduelis) having brownish plumage with black wings boldly marked with yellow and a red patch across the face.