from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A country of northern North America. Originally inhabited by various Native American peoples, mainland Canada was explored by the English and the French beginning in the late 15th century. The French established the first permanent settlement at Port Royal (now Annapolis Royal) in 1605 but gradually lost control of eastern Canada, which was ceded to England in 1763 after the Seven Years' War. The Dominion of Canada was formed in 1867 and extended to the western provinces in 1905; Newfoundland formally joined the federation in 1949. The Statute of Westminster (1931) confirmed Canada's status as an independent nation within the Commonwealth. Ottawa is the capital and Toronto the largest city. Population: 31,600,000.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A country in North America; official name: Canada.
- proper n. Lower Canada or Upper Canada, often "the Canadas". Also Canada East or Canada West.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A country in North America, bordering the United States on the north. It is a federation which includes English-speaking provinces and the French-speaking Province of Quebec.
From the Laurentian canada ("village, settlement"). See "Name of Canada" on Wikipedia. (Wiktionary)