- The definition of a canard is a false or misleading story.
An example of a canard are the stories covered in The Onion.
canard definition by Webster's New World
- a false, esp. malicious, report that has been fabricated with the intention of doing harm
- an airplane whose horizontal stabilizer is located forward of the wing or wings
- the horizontal control and stabilizing surfaces in such an aircraft
Origin: French a duck, hoax; probably ; from can, echoic for duck's quack plush -ard, -ard; short for (vendre) un canard (à moitié), literally , (to half-sell) a duck, that is , to cheat
canard definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An unfounded or false, deliberately misleading story.
- a. A short winglike control surface projecting from the fuselage of an aircraft, such as a space shuttle, mounted forward of the main wing and serving as a horizontal stabilizer.b. An aircraft whose horizontal stabilizing surfaces are forward of the main wing.
Origin: French, duck, canard, probably from the phrase vendre un canard à moitié, to sell half a duck, to swindle, from Old French quanart, duck, from caner, to cackle, of imitative origin.