canary

[ kuh-nair-ee ]
/ kəˈnɛər i /

noun, plural ca·nar·ies.

adjective

having the color canary.

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Origin of canary

1585–95; <Spanish (Isla) Canaria<Latin Canāria (insula) Dog (Island), equivalent to can(is) dog + -āria, feminine of -ārius-ary
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British Dictionary definitions for canary

canary
/ (kəˈnɛərɪ) /

noun plural -naries

a small finch, Serinus canaria, of the Canary Islands and Azores: a popular cagebird noted for its singing. Wild canaries are streaked yellow and brown, but most domestic breeds are pure yellow
Australian history a convict
archaic a sweet wine from the Canary Islands similar to Madeira

Word Origin for canary

C16: from Old Spanish canario of or from the Canary Islands
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Idioms and Phrases with canary

canary

see look like the cat that ate the canary.

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