canary yellow



Origin of canary yellow

First recorded in 1860–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for canary yellow

Historical Examples of canary yellow

  • In some tungsten deposits a hydrated oxide called tungstite has been formed as a canary-yellow coating at the surface.

  • Lucy found her aunt in a little room of china-blue and canary-yellow which looked out over the Park.

    A Lost Cause

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • The cultivated tree is distinguished by its darker green leaves, and by its smaller, bright, canary-yellow flowers.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • The wing coverts with bluish cinereous gray edgings; two wing bands white, faintly tinged with canary-yellow.

  • He wore a dirty suit of livery, that once had been canary-yellow; and shook with the palsy.

    The Splendid Spur

    Arthur T. Quiller Couch

British Dictionary definitions for canary yellow

canary yellow


  1. a moderate yellow colour, sometimes with a greenish tinge
  2. (as adjective)a canary-yellow car
Sometimes shortened to: canary
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