What does Canary mean?

Definitions for Canary
kəˈnɛər iCa·nary

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Canary.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fink, snitch, snitcher, stoolpigeon, stool pigeon, stoolie, sneak, sneaker, canary(noun)

    someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police

  2. canary(noun)

    a female singer

  3. canary yellow, canary(noun)

    a moderate yellow with a greenish tinge

  4. canary, canary bird(adj)

    any of several small Old World finches

  5. canary, canary-yellow(adj)

    having the color of a canary; of a light to moderate yellow

Wiktionary

  1. canary(Noun)

    A small, usually yellow, finch (genus Serinus), a songbird native to the Canary Islands.

    Etymology: 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.

  2. canary(Noun)

    Any of various small birds of different countries, most of which are largely yellow in colour.

    Etymology: 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.

  3. canary(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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.

  4. canary(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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.

  5. canary(Noun)

    Any test subject, especially an inadvertent or unwilling one. (From the mining practice of using canaries to detect dangerous gases.)

    Etymology: 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.

  6. canary(Noun)

    A female singer, soprano, a coloratura singer.

    Etymology: 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.

  7. canary(Noun)

    An informer or snitch; a squealer.

    Etymology: 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.

  8. canary(Noun)

    A (usually yellow) capsule of Nembutalu2122 barbiturate.

    Etymology: 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.

  9. canary(Verb)

    to dance nimbly (as in the canary dance)

    Etymology: 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.

  10. canary(Noun)

    A yellow sticker of unroadworthiness.

    Etymology: 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.

  11. canary(Adjective)

    Of a light yellow colour.

    Etymology: 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.

  12. Canary(Noun)

    someone connected with Norwich City Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.

    Etymology: 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Canary(adj)

    of or pertaining to the Canary Islands; as, canary wine; canary birds

    Etymology: [F. Canarie, L. Canaria insula one of the Canary islands, said to be so called from its large dogs, fr. canis dog.]

  2. Canary(adj)

    of a pale yellowish color; as, Canary stone

    Etymology: [F. Canarie, L. Canaria insula one of the Canary islands, said to be so called from its large dogs, fr. canis dog.]

  3. Canary(noun)

    wine made in the Canary Islands; sack

    Etymology: [F. Canarie, L. Canaria insula one of the Canary islands, said to be so called from its large dogs, fr. canis dog.]

  4. Canary(noun)

    a canary bird

    Etymology: [F. Canarie, L. Canaria insula one of the Canary islands, said to be so called from its large dogs, fr. canis dog.]

  5. Canary(noun)

    a pale yellow color, like that of a canary bird

    Etymology: [F. Canarie, L. Canaria insula one of the Canary islands, said to be so called from its large dogs, fr. canis dog.]

  6. Canary(noun)

    a quick and lively dance

    Etymology: [F. Canarie, L. Canaria insula one of the Canary islands, said to be so called from its large dogs, fr. canis dog.]

  7. Canary(verb)

    to perform the canary dance; to move nimbly; to caper

    Etymology: [F. Canarie, L. Canaria insula one of the Canary islands, said to be so called from its large dogs, fr. canis dog.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Canary

    ka-nā′ri, n. a light sweet wine from the Canary Islands: a bird originally from the Canary Islands: a lively dance.—adj. canary-coloured, bright yellow.—ns. Canā′ry-bird, a canary: (slang) a jail-bird: a mistress; Canā′ry-grass, a grass of which the seed is much used as food for canary-birds; Canā′ry-wood, the dark-coloured timber of two lauraceous trees of the Azores and Madeira.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Canary

    Wine and a species of singing bird brought from the Canary Islands, so called, agreeably to the Latin canis, on account of the large dogs found there.

How to pronounce Canary?

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How to say Canary in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Canary in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Canary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Canary in a Sentence

  1. Ignacio Labayen de Inza:

    It's not just a UK thing, it's in Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Rome, Kiev, Moscow, Helsinki - and in many of what people call 'gay destinations', like (Spain's) Ibiza, Torremolinos, the Canary Islands.

  2. Bernie Sanders:

    The bottom line is, when you left that meeting, you thought, 'What country am I living in? Is this the United States of America?' I fear that Flint is the canary in the coal mine here.

  3. Joshua Henne:

    This is yet another canary in the coal mine for both November and the years ahead, you can look back four years to around now when Eric Cantor was knocked off and what that meant for an ascendant wing on the right. This is a big deal.

  4. Peter Salama:

    Having healthcare workers infected is usually a 'canary in the mine' for potential amplification.

  5. Phil Murphy:

    [ New York's the ] canary in the coal mine.

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