spaniel

noun
span·​iel | \ ˈspan-yəl also ˈspa-nᵊl How to pronounce spaniel (audio) \

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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My grandmother had outlived all of her siblings, her husband, and a series of spaniels. Deborah Milstein, BostonGlobe.com, "The celebration of a lifetime," 9 Aug. 2019 Her photos and videos from the French company Tuto Photos in Roubaix, France, show her twirling in a wedding gown, walking spaniels in a meadow, getting her teeth checked at the dentist and working in a warehouse. Bernard Condon, USA TODAY, "Trump campaign ads use 'fake' stock models to portray supporters," 3 July 2019 Her photos and videos from the French company Tuto Photos in Roubaix, France, show her twirling in a wedding gown, walking spaniels in a meadow, getting her teeth checked at the dentist and working in a warehouse. CBS News, "Trump Facebook video ads appear to use stock models," 3 July 2019 Her photos and videos from the French company Tuto Photos in Roubaix, France, show her twirling in a wedding gown, walking spaniels in a meadow, getting her teeth checked at the dentist and working in a warehouse. Bernard Condon, USA TODAY, "Trump campaign ads use 'fake' stock models to portray supporters," 3 July 2019 Her photos and videos from the French company Tuto Photos in Roubaix, France, show her twirling in a wedding gown, walking spaniels in a meadow, getting her teeth checked at the dentist and working in a warehouse. Bernard Condon, USA TODAY, "Trump campaign ads use 'fake' stock models to portray supporters," 3 July 2019 Her photos and videos from the French company Tuto Photos in Roubaix, France, show her twirling in a wedding gown, walking spaniels in a meadow, getting her teeth checked at the dentist and working in a warehouse. CBS News, "Trump Facebook video ads appear to use stock models," 3 July 2019 Her photos and videos from the French company Tuto Photos in Roubaix, France, show her twirling in a wedding gown, walking spaniels in a meadow, getting her teeth checked at the dentist and working in a warehouse. NBC News, "Trump Facebook ads use models to portray actual supporters," 2 July 2019 Her photos and videos from the French company Tuto Photos in Roubaix, France, show her twirling in a wedding gown, walking spaniels in a meadow, getting her teeth checked at the dentist and working in a warehouse. Bernard Condon, The Mercury News, "Trump’s Facebook ads use models posing as supporters," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of spaniel

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spaniel

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

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spaniel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spaniel

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

spaniel

noun
span·​iel | \ ˈspan-yəl How to pronounce spaniel (audio) \

Kids Definition of spaniel

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

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