The definition of a canard is a false or misleading story.(noun)
An example of a canard are the stories covered in The Onion.
See canard in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr, a duck, hoax; prob. < can, echoic for duck's quack + -ard, -ard; short for (vendre) un canard (à moitié), lit., (to half-sell) a duck, i.e., to cheat
See canard in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: French, duck, canard
Origin: , probably from the phrase vendre un canard à moitié, to sell half a duck, to swindle
Origin: , from Old French quanart, duck
Origin: , from caner, to cackle
Origin: , of imitative origin.
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