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Definition of "sparrow" [spar•row]

  • Any of various small New World finches of the family Emberizidae, having brownish or grayish plumage and including the song sparrow, white-throated sparrow, chipping sparrow, vesper sparrow, and other closely related species. (noun)
  • Any of various birds of the family Passeridae, especially the house sparrow. (noun)
  • Any of various similar or related birds, such as the Java sparrow. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sparrow" in a sentence
  • "If it be true, that the life of a sparrow is the object of God's care; if it be true, that the very hairs of our heads are all numbered by Him, much more must it be true, that there was a"
  • "The white-throated sparrow is far from flashy, never one to spark love at first sight."
  • "But as my feet (numb, of course, despite the insulated books and socks) crunch along the frozen grass or the snow, the white-throated sparrow is sure to sing out, pluck my heart strings, and get me feeling all warm inside:"
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