canary

[ kuh-nair-ee ]
/ kəˈnɛər i /

noun, plural ca·nar·ies.

adjective

having the color canary.

Origin of canary

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

Definition for canary (2 of 2)

Canary Islands


plural noun

a group of mountainous islands in the Atlantic Ocean, near the NW coast of Africa, comprising two provinces of Spain. 2894 sq. mi. (7495 sq. km).
Also called Ca·nar·ies.

Related forms

Ca·nar·i·an, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for canary (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for canary (2 of 2)

Canary Islands

Canaries


pl n

a group of mountainous islands in the Atlantic off the NW coast of Africa, forming an Autonomous Community of Spain. Pop: 1 944 700 (2003 est)
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Idioms and Phrases with canary

canary


see look like the cat that ate the canary.

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