noun ca·nary \kə-ˈner-ē\

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

plural ca·nar·ies

Full Definition of CANARY

:  a Canary Islands usually sweet wine similar to Madeira
:  a lively 16th century court dance
:  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
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

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl
CANARY Defined for Kids


noun ca·nary \kə-ˈner-ē\
plural ca·nar·ies

Definition of CANARY for Kids

:  a small usually yellow songbird often kept in a cage
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