[kuh-ney-dee-uh n]


of Canada or its people.


a native or inhabitant of Canada.

Origin of Canadian

1560–70; Canad(a) + -ian; compare French canadien
Related formspro-Ca·na·di·an, adjective, nounpseu·do-Ca·na·di·an, adjective, nountrans-Ca·na·di·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for canadian

Contemporary Examples of canadian

Historical Examples of canadian

  • "I'm a Canadian," said the professor, wrenching his wrist away.

  • At the Long Sault, we were all put in boats, with a Canadian pilot in each end.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • You should apply to the Canadian Government for possession of the Shawenegan.

  • We have some notion of a Canadian opening that might attract you.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • So you musn't encourage him into enlistin' in the Canadian army.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for canadian



of or relating to Canada or its people


a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Canada
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Word Origin and History for canadian


1560s; see Canada.

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