What does canary mean?

Definitions for canary
kəˈnɛər ica·na·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fink, snitch, snitcher, stoolpigeon, stool pigeon, stoolie, sneak, sneaker, canarynoun

    someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police

  2. canarynoun

    a female singer

  3. canary yellow, canarynoun

    a moderate yellow with a greenish tinge

  4. canary, canary birdadjective

    any of several small Old World finches

  5. canary, canary-yellowadjective

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

Wiktionary

  1. canarynoun

    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. canarynoun

    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. canarynoun

    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. canarynoun

    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. canarynoun

    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. canarynoun

    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. canarynoun

    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. canarynoun

    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. canaryverb

    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. canarynoun

    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. canaryadjective

    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. Canarynoun

    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. Canaryadjective

    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. Canaryadjective

    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. Canarynoun

    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. Canarynoun

    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. Canarynoun

    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. Canarynoun

    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. Canaryverb

    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.

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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. Jerry Kilgore:

    Virginia was always the canary in the coal mine, we were that state that signaled to the rest of the country what the midterms were going to be like.

  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. Juan Molas:

    It's clear that some tourists will now change Tunisia for continental Spain or the Canary Islands, but they will have to pay more.

  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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