can·​ni·​bal | \ ˈka-nə-bəl How to pronounce cannibal (audio) \

Definition of cannibal

: one that eats the flesh of its own kind

Examples of cannibal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yeah Yeahs, Duran Duran and Danger Mouse, who help set the tone for a genre-bending tale about a woman (Edgar-Jones’ Noa) who discovers her new love interest (Stan’s Steve) is a cannibal with an entire meat-packing operation. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Mar. 2022 To the fact that at all times Russia has used cultural and artistic achievements as a cover for its aggressive actions, forming the idea that a country with great cultural achievements can not behave like a bloodthirsty cannibal. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 7 Mar. 2022 Sebastian Stan is playing a cannibal (or maybe a vampire? Milan Polk, Men's Health, 25 Feb. 2022 The other possibility is that some of the girls were willing to go cannibal and some weren't, splitting the group in two. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 14 Jan. 2022 Following the messages and reports of alleged abuse, online sleuths, specifically on TikTok, teamed up to try to prove Hammer was a cannibal, a theory later debunked by police. Kate Lindsay, Vulture, 22 Dec. 2021 Then came some unverified Instagram messages from an anonymous account in which the A-list actor purportedly claimed to be a cannibal who wanted to drink the recipient’s blood. Jena Mcgregor, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 Artist/writer Powell and co-writer Harold Schechter present a comprehensive and historically-accurate account of Wisconsin’s favorite cannibal, whose gruesome doings inspired Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Silence of the Lambs. Rob Salkowitz, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 That's when the cannibal hiding inside the wall attacks, and Connie races through the house to survive. Nick Romano,, 27 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cannibal

1541, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cannibal

New Latin Canibalis Carib, from Spanish Caníbal, from Taino Caniba, of Cariban origin; akin to Carib kariʔna Carib, person

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“Cannibal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for cannibal


can·​ni·​bal | \ ˈka-nə-bəl How to pronounce cannibal (audio) \

Kids Definition of cannibal

1 : a human being who eats human flesh
2 : an animal that eats other animals of its own kind


can·​ni·​bal | \ ˈkan-ə-bəl How to pronounce cannibal (audio) \

Medical Definition of cannibal

: one that eats the flesh of its own kind

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