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canard

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noun ca·nard \kə-ˈnärd also -ˈnär\

Simple Definition of canard

  • : a false report or story : a belief or rumor that is not true

Full Definition of canard

  1. 1 a :  a false or unfounded report or story; especially :  a fabricated report b :  a groundless rumor or belief

  2. 2 :  an airplane with horizontal stabilizing and control surfaces in front of supporting surfaces; also :  a small airfoil in front of the wing of an aircraft that can increase the aircraft's performance

Examples of canard

  1. The book repeats some of history's oldest canards.

  2. the widespread canard that every lawyer is dishonest



Origin of canard

French, literally, duck; in sense 1, from Middle French vendre des canards à moitié to cheat, literally, to half-sell ducks


First Known Use: 1851

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