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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

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

  2. the widespread canard that every lawyer is dishonest



Did You Know?

In 16th-century France "vendre des canards à moitié" was a colorful way of saying "to fool" or "to cheat." The French phrase means, literally, "to half-sell ducks." No one now knows just what was meant by "to half-sell"; the proverb was probably based on some story widely known at the time, but the details have not survived. At any rate, the expression led to the use of "canard," the French word for "duck," with the meaning "a hoax" or "a fabrication." English speakers adopted this "canard" in the mid-1800s. The aeronautical sense of "canard," used from the early days of flying, comes from the stubby duck-like appearance of the aircraft.

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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