Definition of canard
1a : a false or unfounded report or story; especially : a fabricated report The report about a conspiracy proved to be a canard.b : a groundless rumor or belief the widespread canard that every lawyer is dishonest
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
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Examples of canard in a Sentence
The book repeats some of history's oldest canards.
the widespread canard that every lawyer is dishonest
Recent Examples of canard from the Web
Yet those who peddle the rampant voter fraud canard have been looking for evidence to support their theories, all in an effort to justify ever-stricter voting laws.
Mandating higher wages will cost jobs, the old canard goes, and the obvious solution is to let the free market function unfettered.
Confronted with this atavistic sight, customers become unpredictable says Otto Tepasse, the London restauranteur and maitre d' responsible for this meal of canard a la presse.
But the bar has clung to the privacy canard as an excuse for obstructing access.
The waiters are charming, with thick French accents, and the canard confit, finished in a port jus, is exceptional (the same goes for the garlicky escargot).
ORDER THE: classiques like terrine de canard, bouillon, blanquette de veau, riz au lait.
At high speeds, too much front-end load could bury the vehicle, so the crew will use the printout data to decide if the canard fins need to be raised, for example, and by how much.
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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 and Etymology of canard
French, literally, duck; in sense 1, from Medieval French vendre des canards à moitié to cheat, literally, to half-sell ducks
First Known Use: 1851See Words from the same year
CANARD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of canard for English Language Learners
: a false report or story : a belief or rumor that is not true
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