Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “nightingale”


noun [C]     /ˈnaɪ.tɪŋ.ɡeɪl/ US  /-t̬ɪŋ-/
a small, brown European bird known especially for the beautiful song of the male, usually heard during the nightOther wild birdsBirds which live by or on inland waterBirds of prey
(Definition of nightingale noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of nightingale

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Other wild birds, but you might be interested in these topics from the Birds topic area:

Definitions of “nightingale” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


an ability to do things in the stated, especially positive, way

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More