canaille

[ kuh-neyl; French ka-nah-yuh ]
/ kəˈneɪl; French kaˈnɑ yə /

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
/ French (kanɑj) /

noun

the masses; mob; rabble

Word Origin for canaille

C17: from French, from Italian canaglia pack of dogs
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