Definitions for orioleˈɔr iˌoʊl, ˈoʊr-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
o•ri•oleˈɔr iˌoʊl, ˈoʊr-(n.)
any of various New World songbirds of the subfamily Icterinae (family Emberizidae), the males of which are usu. black and orange or black and yellow.
Ref: Compare northern oriole.
any of various Old World songbirds of the family Oriolidae, as the golden oriole, Oriolus oriolus, having a bright yellow body and black wings and tail.
Origin of oriole:
1770–80; < NL, ML oriolus < OF oriol (F loriot ) < L aureolus golden
Old World oriole, oriole(noun)
mostly tropical songbird; the male is usually bright orange and black
New World oriole, American oriole, oriole(noun)
American songbird; male is black and orange or yellow
Any of various colourful passerine birds, the New World orioles from the family Icteridae and the Old World orioles from the family Oriolidae.
A player on the team Baltimore Orioles.
He became an Oriole as the result of a pre-season trade.