spaniel

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

Definition of spaniel

  1. 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. 2 :  a fawning servile person

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


First Known Use: 14th century


SPANIEL Defined for English Language Learners

spaniel

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

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

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


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