French Canadian


: one of the descendants of French settlers in Lower Canada
French-Canadian adjective

Examples of French Canadian in a Sentence

the French Canadians of Quebec and other provinces
Recent Examples on the Web North Avenue began to flourish for small businesses owners and shopkeepers with many different backgrounds, including Germans, Chinese, Croats, Russians, Jews, Austrians, Bohemians, French Canadian, Hungarians, French and Poles. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 20 May 2024 Camille Beauvais was French Canadian and his wife, Laurette, was Cree and French Canadian, a Métis. Norimitsu Onishi, New York Times, 19 July 2023 Anina Belle, 41, whose mother is French Canadian, was a university exchange student and a fan of Peter Mayle’s books about the romance of life in the South of France. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, 3 May 2023 My mother was mostly Irish, maybe a quarter French Canadian. James Sullivan,, 28 June 2023 The studio has tentatively titled the project The French Canadian. Hannah Gold, Harper's Magazine, 11 Oct. 2022 In later decades, the Colonial town welcomed wave after wave of immigrants — Irish, Greek, French Canadian, Portuguese — to work its mills. Don Leestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2022 Another marvelous person on our hair team is French Canadian. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, 18 Apr. 2023 The research relied on obituaries and Census records, along with other publicly available records, to suggest LeClaire's ancestry is German, Swedish and French Canadian. Kelly Meyerhofer, Journal Sentinel, 12 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1758, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of French Canadian was in 1758

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Cite this Entry

“French Canadian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

French Canadian

: a person whose ancestors were French settlers in what is now the province of Quebec
French-Canadian adjective

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