spaniel

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

Definition of spaniel

1 :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
2 :a fawning servile person

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Origin and Etymology of spaniel

Middle English spaynel, spaniell, from Anglo-French espainnel, alteration of espaignol Spaniard, from Vulgar Latin *Hispaniolus, from Latin Hispania Spain


SPANIEL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of spaniel for English Language Learners

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


SPANIEL Defined for Kids

spaniel

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noun span·iel \ ˈspan-yəl \

Definition of spaniel for Students

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


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