Definition of ouzel in English:


(also ousel)

Pronunciation /ˈo͞ozəl/ /ˈuzəl/


  • A bird that resembles the blackbird, especially the ring ouzel.

    See also water ouzel

    ‘We had to climb a very steep hill to reach the realm of the ouzel, a black bird with a white ring around its neck that was sitting out on a bare limb of a tree.’
    • ‘Usually early migrants, the first ouzel's song echoes round the hills and the first birds fall prey to merlins and peregrines.’


Old English ōsle ‘blackbird’, of Germanic origin; related to German Amsel ‘blackbird’.