noun span·iel \ˈspan-yəl also ˈspa-nəl\

: a type of small dog that has long ears and a soft coat

Full Definition of SPANIEL

:  a member of any of several breeds of small or medium-sized mostly short-legged dogs usually having long wavy hair, feathered legs and tail, and large drooping ears
:  a fawning servile person

Origin of SPANIEL

Middle English spaynel, spaniell, from Anglo-French espainnel, alteration of espaignol Spaniard, from Vulgar Latin *Hispaniolus, from Latin Hispania Spain
First Known Use: 14th century

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SPANIEL Defined for Kids


noun span·iel \ˈspan-yəl\

Definition of SPANIEL for Kids

:  a small or medium-sized dog with a thick wavy coat, long drooping ears, and usually short legs
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