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canary

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noun ca·nary \kə-ˈner-ē\

Simple Definition of canary

  • : a small usually yellow or green tropical bird that is often kept in a cage

Full Definition of canary

plural ca·nar·ies

  1. 1 :  a Canary Islands usually sweet wine similar to Madeira

  2. 2 :  a lively 16th century court dance

  3. 3 :  a small finch (Serinus canarius syn. S. canaria) of the Canary Islands that is usually greenish to yellow and is kept as a cage bird and singer

  4. 4 slang :  informer 2

Examples of canary

  1. <a canary who was singing and giving up the names of some of the city's most notorious drug lords>



Origin of canary

Middle French canarie, from Old Spanish canario, from Islas Canarias Canary Islands


First Known Use: 1584




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