Definition of troupial in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtro͞opēəl/ /ˈtrupiəl/


  • A gregarious songbird of the American oriole family, typically having orange and black plumage and yellow eyes.

    Genus Icterus, family Icteridae: several species, in particular the tropical American Icterus icterus

    ‘The eggs are incubated for 15 or 16 days and newly hatched troupials are fed equally by both parents.’
    • ‘Above the sounds of the powerful wind, parakeets and troupials can be heard chattering, and the bleating of goats reverberates across rolling hills.’
    • ‘You can see the troupials just about everywhere on the island.’
    • ‘The mammal species that are present include goats, foxes, anteaters, rabbits and bats, while the birds are hawks, partridges, daras, pigeons, troupials and a type of cardinal.’
    • ‘Members of the family Icteridae are known as troupials, meaning they have the habit of gathering into large flocks or troupes.’


Early 19th century from French troupiale, alteration of American Spanish turpial, of unknown origin.