[ kan-vuh s ]
/ ˈkæn vəs /



(initial capital letter) the brand name of an open-source learning management system, launched in 2011.

Nearby words

  1. canuck,
  2. canula,
  3. canular,
  4. canulate,
  5. canute,
  6. canvas duck,
  7. canvas-back,
  8. canvasback,
  9. canvass,
  10. canyon


    under canvas,
    1. Nautical. with set sails.
    2. in tents; in the field: the troops under canvas.

Origin of canvas

1225–75; Middle English canevas < Anglo-French, Old North French < Vulgar Latin *cannabāceus (noun use of adj.), equivalent to Latin cannab(is) hemp + -āceus -aceous

Related formscan·vas·like, adjective

Can be confusedcanvas canvass Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for canvas


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Word Origin for canvas

C14: from Norman French canevas, ultimately from Latin cannabis hemp

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Word Origin and History for canvas



"sturdy cloth made from hemp or flax," mid-14c., from Anglo-French canevaz, Old North French canevach, Old French chanevaz, literally "made of hemp, hempen," noun use of Vulgar Latin adjective *cannapaceus "made of hemp," from Latin cannabis, from Greek kannabis "hemp," a Scythian or Thracian word (see cannabis).

Latin adjectives in -aceus sometimes were made in Romanic languages into nouns of augmentative or pejorative force. Especially as a surface for oil paintings from c.1700; hence "an oil painting" (1764).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper