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Canadian French

French spoken as a native language in Canada, especially in Quebec province, by descendants of the settlers of New France.
Abbreviation: CanF.
Origin of Canadian French
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • No wonder Canadian French and English speech is full of sea terms.

    All Afloat

    William Wood
  • Many of his Canadian French slipped off homeward and so did the Loyalists.

  • There may have been some excuse pleaded for the Canadian French.

    Canada and the Canadians, Vol. 2 Richard Henry Bonnycastle
  • The girl I married had a smack of the Canadian French about her.

  • Nor was it Canadian French, the only other speech he could make any sense of.

    The Sky Is Falling Lester del Rey
  • Adolf was now seated at the end of a bench, rolling a cigarette, while he chattered volubly in Canadian French to his companions.

  • A keel-boat was generally manned by ten hands, principally Canadian French, and a patroon or master.

  • Here the females were hospitably received, and treated with that kindness which marks the character of the Canadian French.

    Oak Openings James Fenimore Cooper
  • The parrot had learned to speak Canadian French to the extent of demanding his crackers and water in the lingo of the habitant.

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
  • This last is a name given them by the Canadian French, and without any special reason.

    Mary and I

    Stephen Return Riggs
British Dictionary definitions for Canadian French

Canadian French

the French language as spoken in Canada, esp in Quebec
denoting this language or a French-speaking Canadian
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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