American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small finch (Serinus canaria) native to the Canary Islands that is greenish to yellow and has long been bred as a cage bird.
- n. Slang A woman singer.
- n. Slang An informer; a stool pigeon.
- n. A sweet white wine from the Canary Islands, similar to Madeira.
- n. A light to moderate or vivid yellow.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Wine made in the Canary islands. It was anciently included under the general name sack. In the eighteenth century, and as late as 1820, it was in special, demand in England. The principal brands are Teneriffe and Vidonia.
- n. A lively French and English dance, of disputed origin, similar to the jig: named from the Canary islands. Often written canaries.
- n. A melody intended for such a dance, written in sextuple (or sometimes quadruple) rhythm.
- n. A canary-bird (which see).
- n. A sovereign (gold coin): so called from its color.
- n. A kept mistress.
- n. A word put by Shakspere in its singular arid plural forms into the mouth of Mrs. Quickly, in the explanation of which commentators differ. It is probably an intentional blunder for quandary.
- Of the color of the domestic canary-bird; bright-yellow.
- To dance; frolic; perform the old dance called a canary.
- n. In Australia, a name of Clitonyx ochrocephala, a relative of the lyrebird.
- n. A small, usually yellow, finch (genus Serinus), a songbird native to the Canary Islands.
- n. Any of various small birds of different countries, most of which are largely yellow in colour.
- n. A light, slightly greenish, yellow colour.
- n. A light, sweet, white wine from the Canary Islands.
- n. A lively dance, possibly of Spanish origin (also called canaries).
- n. Any test subject, especially an inadvertent or unwilling one. (From the mining practice of using canaries to detect dangerous gases.)
- n. informal A female singer, soprano, a coloratura singer.
- n. slang An informer or snitch; a squealer.
- n. slang A (usually yellow) capsule of Nembutal™ barbiturate.
- n. Australia, informal A yellow sticker of unroadworthiness.
- adj. Of a light yellow colour.
- v. intransitive to dance nimbly (as in the canary dance)
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Canary Islands.
- adj. Of a pale yellowish color.
- n. Wine made in the Canary Islands; sack.
- n. A canary bird.
- n. A pale yellow color, like that of a canary bird.
- n. obsolete A quick and lively dance.
- v. obsolete To perform the canary dance; to move nimbly; to caper.
- n. someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police
- n. a female singer
- n. any of several small Old World finches
- adj. having the color of a canary; of a light to moderate yellow
- n. a moderate yellow with a greenish tinge
- 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 canarius, "canine", from canis, dog. (Wiktionary)
- 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; see kwon- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Just keep Hal's team with the possible additions of Zatanna and Black canary from the current team, and you have a team worth reading!”
““Ever walk into a dealership and say, ‘Give me the big one, in canary yellow?’””
“I think the island canary is dead and they are right at a brick wall.”
“The Arctic is often described as the canary in the coal mine.”
“If they are both about the same, then it could be the canary is getting ready to sing.”
“Every symptom we see, we interpret that as reinforcement of why the canary is inferior.”
“" The miner's canary is an important metaphor for connecting means to end and connecting to race and the way we rethink the role of race.”
“Very handsome, the upper cabinets faced in canary-yellow laminate, the lower with lacquered, unstained apple-ply.”
“I am no philosopher, but just a plain canary-bird.”
“I think the phrase canary in a coal mine is something that I've used before, and now I think it's more than just the canaries, we're seeing the miners themselves," Aldrich said.”
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