- a small, yellow finch (Serinus canaria) native to the Canary Islands, Madeira, and the Azores
- canary yellow
- a fortified wine similar to Madeira, made in the Canary Islands
- a lively 16th-cent. Spanish or French court dance
- Slang a squealer; informer
Origin of canaryFrench canarie from Spanish canario from Classical Latin Canaria (insula), Canary (island), literally , island of dogs from canis dog (see hound): so called from its large dogs
- A small finch (Serinus canaria) native to the Canary Islands that is greenish to yellow and has long been bred as a cage bird.
- Slang a. A woman singer.b. An informer; a stool pigeon.
- A sweet white wine from the Canary Islands, similar to Madeira.
- A light to moderate or vivid yellow.
Origin of canaryFrench canari from Spanish canario of the Canary Islands from (Islas) Canarias Canary (Islands) from Late Latin Canāriae (&Imacron;nsulae) (islands) of dogs from Latin canārius pertaining to dogs, canine from canis dog ; see kwon- in Indo-European roots.
- A small, usually yellow, finch (genus Serinus), a songbird native to the Canary Islands.
- Any of various small birds of different countries, most of which are largely yellow in colour.
- A light, slightly greenish, yellow colour.
- A light, sweet, white wine from the Canary Islands.
- A lively dance, possibly of Spanish origin (also called canaries).
- Any test subject, especially an inadvertent or unwilling one. (From the mining practice of using canaries to detect dangerous gases.)
- (informal) A female singer, soprano, a coloratura singer.
- (slang) An informer or snitch; a squealer.
- (slang) A (usually yellow) capsule of Nembutal™ barbiturate.
- (Australia, informal) A yellow sticker of unroadworthiness.
- Serinus canaria, Serinus pusillus, Serinus serinus
(comparative more canary, superlative most canary)
- Of a light yellow colour.
(third-person singular simple present canaries, present participle canarying, simple past and past participle canaried)
- (intransitive) to dance nimbly (as in the canary dance)
From French canarie, from Spanish canario, from the Latin Canariae insulae (“Canary Islands”) (Spanish Islas Canarias); from the largest island Insula Canaria (“Dog Island" or "Canine Island”), named for its dogs, from canārius (“canine”), from canis (“dog”).