of or like a dog; relating to or characteristic of dogs: canine loyalty.
Anatomy, Zoology. of or relating to the four pointed teeth, especially prominent in dogs, situated one on each side of each jaw, next to the incisors.


a canid, or member of the dog family Canidae.
a dog.
a canine tooth; cuspid.

Origin of canine

1350–1400; Middle English canine canine tooth (< Middle French) < Latin canīnus, equivalent to can(is) dog + -īnus -ine1
Related formsca·nin·i·ty [key-nin-i-tee] /keɪˈnɪn ɪ ti/, nounsu·per·ca·nine, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of canines

Historical Examples of canines

  • In other cases there is extraordinary development of the canines.

    Criminal Man

    Gina Lombroso-Ferrero

  • When the dog attacks the other, down go the ears, and the canines are uncovered.

  • And the order has gone forth that hereafter no canines are to sleep in this house.

    The Prairie Child

    Arthur Stringer

  • He would lead the way to where three canines were chained in the junkyard.

    In Pawn

    Ellis Parker Butler

  • The children might be relegated to the nursery but the canines had the run of the boudoir.

    Nothing But the Truth

    Frederic S. Isham

British Dictionary definitions for canines



of or resembling a dog; doglike
of, relating to, or belonging to the Canidae, a family of mammals, including dogs, jackals, wolves, and foxes, typically having a bushy tail, erect ears, and a long muzzle: order Carnivora (carnivores)
of or relating to any of the four teeth, two in each jaw, situated between the incisors and the premolars

noun also: canid (ˈkænɪd)

any animal of the family Canidae
a canine tooth

Word Origin for canine

C17: from Latin canīnus, from canis dog
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Word Origin and History for canines



c.1600, of teeth, from canine (n.) or Latin caninus. Meaning "pertaining to a dog or dogs" is from 1620s.



"pointed tooth," late 14c., from Latin caninus "of the dog," genitive of canis "dog" (source of Italian cane, French chien), from PIE root *kwon- "dog" (cf. Greek kyon, Old English hund, Old High German hunt, Old Irish cu, Welsh ci, Sanskrit svan-, Avestan spa, Russian sobaka (apparently from an Iranian source, e.g. Median spaka), Armenian shun, Lithuanian šuo). The noun meaning "dog" is first recorded 1869.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for canines




Of, relating to, or characteristic of members of the family Canidae.
Of, relating to, or being one of the pointed conical teeth located between the incisors and the first bicuspids.


An animal of the family Canidae, especially a dog.
A canine tooth.
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Science definitions for canines




Characteristic of or resembling dogs, wolves, or related animals.
Relating to any of the four pointed teeth located behind the incisors in most mammals. In carnivores, the canine teeth are adapted for cutting and tearing meat.


A canine tooth.
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Culture definitions for canines



The pointed teeth in the front of the mouth (two on the top and two on the bottom) next to the incisors. These teeth are also known as the eyeteeth.

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