What does nightingale mean?

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

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word nightingale.

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.


  1. nightingale

    Nightingale is a song written by Carole King and David Palmer. "Nightingale" first appeared on her top-selling album Wrap Around Joy, which was released in mid-July 1974, but was released as a single in December. The song has since been put on many of her compilation albums, including her certified platinum album Her Greatest Hits: Songs of Long Ago. The song, like the album Wrap Around Joy, got off to a slow start, but eventually charted high. "Nightingale" peaked at number nine on March 1, 1975, on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent the week before at number one on the Easy Listening chart.


  1. nightingale

    A nightingale is a small bird primarily known for its strong, melodious song that it often sings at night, and for the richness of its plumage which is typically in various shades of brown. It belongs to the Old World species under the Muscicapidae family, found in Europe, Asia and Africa. There are several species of nightingale, with the most famous being the common nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos).

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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Nightingale is ranked #7255 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Nightingale surname appeared 4,596 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Nightingale.

    89% or 4,093 total occurrences were White.
    5.4% or 252 total occurrences were Black.
    2.7% or 126 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 85 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 24 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 16 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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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. Dejan Stojanovic:

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

  2. Fyodor Urnov:

    His juxtaposition of accomplishment and goodness is unbelievably rare, he’s some sort of superhero meets Florence Nightingale.

  3. Fiona Hibberts:

    Florence Nightingale's legacy is really, really important. Obviously, she was a forceful leader. And we need clear, visible, strong leadership today and certainly in modern nursing.

  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. 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?

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