canaille

[kuh-neyl; French ka-nah-yuh]

noun

riffraff; rabble.

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Origin of canaille

1670–80; < French < Italian canaglia pack of dogs, equivalent to can(e) dog (< Latin canis) + -aglia collective suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for canaille

canaille

noun

the masses; mob; rabble

Word Origin for canaille

C17: from French, from Italian canaglia pack of dogs
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Word Origin and History for canaille
n.

"rabble," from French canaille (16c.), from Italian canaglia, literally "a pack of dogs," from cane "dog" (see canine).

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