See under canary(def 1).
Definition for common canary (2 of 2)
[ kuh-nair-ee ]
/ kəˈnɛər i /
noun, plural ca·nar·ies.
any of several Old World finches of the genus Serinus, especially S. canaria (common canary), native to the Canary Islands and often kept as a pet, in the wild being greenish with brown streaks above and yellow below and in domesticated varieties usually bright yellow or pale yellow.
Also called canary yellow. a light, clear yellow color.
Slang. informer(def 1).
Slang. a female singer, especially with a dance band.
a sweet white wine of the Canary Islands, resembling sherry.
a yellow diamond.
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
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British Dictionary definitions for common 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
See canary 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
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Idioms and Phrases with common canary
see look like the cat that ate the canary.
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