[kuh-ney-dee-uh-niz-uh m]
  1. allegiance to or pride in Canada and its institutions.
  2. a custom, trait, or thing distinctive of Canada or its citizens.
  3. an English word, idiom, phrase, or pronunciation that originated or is distinctively used in Canada.

Origin of Canadianism

First recorded in 1870–75; Canadian + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for canadianism


  1. the Canadian national character or spirit
  2. loyalty to Canada, its political independence, culture, etc
  3. a linguistic usage, custom, or other feature peculiar to or characteristic of Canada, its people, or their culture
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Word Origin and History for canadianism



1875, from Canadian + -ism.

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