- any of an Old World family (Oriolidae) of chiefly yellow-and-black passerine birds, including the golden oriole (Oriolus oriolus)
- any of a genus (Icterus, family Icteridae) of American passerine birds, including the Baltimore oriole, that have bright plumage of orange (or yellow) and black, and build hanging nests
Origin of orioleOld French oriol ; from Medieval Latin aureolus ; from L, golden, diminutive of aureus ; from aurum, gold: see east
- Any of various Eurasian, African, or Australian birds of the family Oriolidae, the males of which often have black and bright yellow or green plumage.
- Any of various similar birds of the family Icteridae found throughout the Americas, the males of which have primarily black and yellow or orange plumage.
Origin of orioleObsolete French oriol, from Old French, from Latin aureolus, diminutive of aureus, golden, from aurum, gold.
- (baseball) A player on the team Baltimore Orioles.
- He became an Oriole as the result of a pre-season trade.