an Old World bunting (Emberiza hortulana) prized as a choice food
Origin of ortolanFrench from Provençal from Italian ortolana, gardener, ortolan from Classical Latin hortulanus, diminutive of hortus, a garden (see yard): from its frequenting gardens
- A small brownish bunting (Emberiza hortulana) of Eurasia and Africa, eaten as a delicacy.
- Any of several American birds, such as the bobolink and the sora.
Origin of ortolanFrench from Provençal gardener, ortolan from Latin hortulānus from hortulus diminutive of hortus garden ; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots.
From Middle French hortolan (“gardener"), from Latin hortulÄnus (“gardener").