noun, plural ca·nar·ies.
Origin of canary
Definition for canary (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for canary
“This is not a judgment of guilt, nor is it a suspension of any other canonical penalty,” Canary wrote.
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|Matt Lewis|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jay Michaelson|June 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Since retail can be the canary in the coal mine for the broader economy, there's real reason to be anxious.
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?|Megan McArdle|January 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In the middle is a long in-drawn note, much like one of the canary's.Birds in the Bush|Bradford Torrey
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
British Dictionary definitions for canary (1 of 2)
noun plural -naries
Word Origin for canary
British Dictionary definitions for canary (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History 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.
Idioms and Phrases with canary
see look like the cat that ate the canary.