What does nightingale mean?

Definitions for nightingale
ˈnaɪt nˌgeɪl, ˈnaɪ tɪŋ-nightin·gale

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nightingale, Luscinia megarhynchosnoun

    European songbird noted for its melodious nocturnal song

  2. Nightingale, Florence Nightingale, Lady with the Lampnoun

    English nurse remembered for her work during the Crimean War (1820-1910)


  1. nightingalenoun

    A European songbird, Luscinia megarhynchos, of the family Turdidae.

  2. Etymology: and nihtgale

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Nightingalenoun

    Etymology: from night and galan, Saxon, to sing; galm, Teutonick, is a sound or echo.

    I think,
    The nightingale, if she should sing by day,
    When every goose is crackling, would be thought
    No better a musician than the wren. William Shakespeare.

    Although the wezon, throtle, and tongue, be the instruments of voice, and by their agitations concur in those delightful modulations, yet cannot we assign the cause unto any particular formation; and I perceive the nightingale hath some disadvantage in the tongue. Thomas Browne, V. Err.

    Thus the wise nightingale that leaves her home,
    Pursuing constantly the chearful spring,
    To foreign groves does her old musick bring. Edmund Waller.

    My nightingale!
    We’ll beat them to their beds. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nightingalenoun

    a small, plain, brown and gray European song bird (Luscinia luscinia). It sings at night, and is celebrated for the sweetness of its song

  2. Nightingalenoun

    a larger species (Lucinia philomela), of Eastern Europe, having similar habits; the thrush nightingale. The name is also applied to other allied species

  3. Etymology: [OE. nihtegale,nightingale, AS. nihtegale; niht night + galan to sing, akin to E. yell; cf. D. nachtegaal, OS. nahtigala, OHG. nahtigala, G. nachtigall, Sw. nktergal, Dan. nattergal. See Night, and Yell.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nightingale

    nīt′in-gāl, n. a small sylviine bird, of the Passerine family, widely distributed in the Old World, celebrated for the rich love-song of the male heard chiefly at night. [A.S. nihtegaleniht, night, galan, to sing; Ger. nachtigall.]

  2. Nightingale

    nīt′in-gāl, n. a kind of flannel scarf with sleeves, worn by invalids when sitting up in bed. [From the famous Crimean hospital nurse, Florence Nightingale, born 1820.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Nightingale

    Literally a bird that sings in the night.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nightingale in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nightingale in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of nightingale in a Sentence

  1. Maria Lozbin:

    What's there to be afraid of? i don't want to go to Kiev. Why would I leave such nature? Where could you hear cuckoos? Where could you hear the nightingale?

  2. Epictetus:

    Were I a nightingale, I would act the part of a nightingale were I a swan, the part of a swan.

  3. Dejan Stojanovic:

    There is no competition of sounds between a nightingale and a violin.

  4. D. H. Lawrence:

    Brute force crushes many plants. Yet the plants rise again. The Pyramids will not last a moment compared with the daisy. And before Buddha or Jesus spoke the nightingale sang, and long after the words of Jesus and Buddha are gone into oblivion the nightingale still will sing. Because it is neither preaching nor commanding nor urging. It is just singing. And in the beginning was not a Word, but a chirrup.

  5. Alfred North Whitehead:

    Nature gets credit which should in truth be reserved for ourselves: the rose for its scent, the nightingale for its song; and the sun for its radiance. The poets are entirely mistaken. They should address their lyrics to themselves and should turn them into odes of self congratulation on the excellence of the human mind.

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