Canary meaning

kə-nârē
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A small finch (Serinus canaria) native to the Canary Islands that is greenish to yellow and has long been bred as a cage bird.
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A sweet white wine from the Canary Islands, similar to Madeira.
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A light to moderate or vivid yellow.
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A small, yellow finch (Serinus canaria) native to the Canary Islands, Madeira, and the Azores.
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A fortified wine similar to Madeira, made in the Canary Islands.
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A lively 16th-cent. Spanish or French court dance.
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(slang) A squealer; informer.
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A small, usually yellow, finch (genus Serinus), a songbird native to the Canary Islands.
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Any of various small birds of different countries, most of which are largely yellow in colour.
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A light, slightly greenish, yellow colour.

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A light, sweet, white wine from the Canary Islands.

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A lively dance, possibly of Spanish origin (also called canaries).

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Any test subject, especially an inadvertent or unwilling one. (From the mining practice of using canaries to detect dangerous gases.)
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(informal) A female singer, soprano, a coloratura singer.
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(slang) An informer or snitch; a squealer.
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(slang) A (usually yellow) capsule of Nembutal™ barbiturate.
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(Australia, informal) A yellow sticker of unroadworthiness.
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Serinus canaria, Serinus pusillus, Serinus serinus.
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Of a light yellow colour.
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(intransitive) To dance nimbly (as in the canary dance)
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(soccer) Someone connected with Norwich City Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.
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Origin of canary

  • French canari from Spanish canario of the Canary Islands from (Islas) Canarias Canary (Islands) from Late Latin Canāriae (Īnsulae) (islands) of dogs from Latin canārius pertaining to dogs, canine from canis dog kwon- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary