noun, plural ca·nar·ies.
Origin of canary
Examples from the Web for canary
Contemporary Examples of canary
“This is not a judgment of guilt, nor is it a suspension of any other canonical penalty,” Canary wrote.Chicago Priests Raped and Pillaged for 50 Years
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 7, 2014
The aforementioned stories may very well be legitimate, but let's consider them a sort of canary in the coal mine.Brace Yourself: October Election Surprises Surely on the Way
October 31, 2014
As has often been the case with issues of LGBT equality, this vote is the canary in the coalmine.At the United Nations, It’s Human Rights, Putin-Style
June 26, 2014
Since retail can be the canary in the coal mine for the broader economy, there's real reason to be anxious.March Jobs Report: Not Good
April 5, 2013
And what if they're only the canary in the coal mine for doctors and MBAs and government workers?Law School Enrollments are Plummeting. What Happens Next?
January 18, 2013
Historical Examples of canary
In the middle is a long in-drawn note, much like one of the canary's.Birds in the Bush
Still, the manager himself hadn't really cared about the Twinklers since the canary came.Christopher and Columbus
Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
There is also every probability that the Canary islands and Madeira were entirely in their possession.A Manual of Ancient History
A. H. L. (Arnold Hermann Ludwig) Heeren
From one subject he leaps to another like a canary hopping on the sticks of his cage; but there is method in his madness.A Top-Floor Idyl
George van Schaick
He had plenty of ale and cider, with which the Cavaliers were perfectly content, but only a single runlet of canary.Boscobel: or, the royal oak
William Harrison Ainsworth
noun plural -naries
Word Origin for canary
type of small songbird, 1650s (short for Canary-bird, 1570s), from French canarie, from Spanish canario "canary bird," literally "of the Canary Islands," from Latin Insula Canaria "Canary Island," largest of the Fortunate Isles, literally "island of dogs" (canis, genitive canarius; see canine (n.)), so called because large dogs lived there. The name was extended to the whole island group (Canariæ Insulæ) by the time of Arnobius (c.300). As a type of wine (from the Canary Islands) from 1580s.
see look like the cat that ate the canary.