What does cannibal mean?

Definitions for cannibalˈkæn ə bəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cannibal, man-eater, anthropophagus, anthropophagite(noun)

    a person who eats human flesh


  1. cannibal(Noun)

    An organism which eats others of its own species.

  2. Origin: From Cannibalis, from Caniba, the Taíno form recorded by Christopher Columbus for the Caribs, who were greatly feared.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cannibal(noun)

    a human being that eats human flesh; hence, any that devours its own kind

  2. Cannibal(adj)

    relating to cannibals or cannibalism

  3. Origin: [Cf. F. cannibale. Columbus, in a letter to the Spanish monarchs written in Oct., 1498, mentions that the people of Haiti lived in great fear of the Caribales (equivalent to E. Caribbees.), the inhabitants of the smaller Antilles; which form of the name was afterward changed into NL. Canibales, in order to express more forcibly their character by a word intelligible through a Latin root propter rabiem caninam anthropophagorum gentis. The Caribbees call themselves, in their own language. Calinago, Carinago, Calliponam, and, abbreviated, Calina, signifying a brave, from which Columbus formed his Caribales.]


  1. Cannibal

    Cannibal is the fifth studio album by Static-X, released on April 3, 2007. This is the first album from the band to contain guitar solos; every song with the exception of "Goat" has one. This is an album of firsts for the band, being the first album without an "otsego" song included, and the first album to feature the same line-up as the album preceding it. Additionally, it's the first Static-X album since Machine to have three singles released from it.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cannibal

    kan′i-bal, n. one who eats human flesh.—adj. relating to cannibalism.—n. Cann′ibalism, the practice of eating human flesh.—adj. Cannibalist′icadv. Cann′ibally (Shak.). [Sp., a corr. of Caribals (Eng. Caribs), the native name of the West India Islanders, who ate human flesh.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. cannibal

    1. The conceiver and first practitioner of the eucharistic rite. 2. A place where a missionary may have a hell of a time. 3. A Pierrot whose pranks are side-splitting. 4. One who appreciates his fellow-being at his true worth. 5. The most subtle of living ironists. 6. Any one who takes his brother man at his physical valuation.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A heathen hobo who never works, but lives on other people.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cannibal in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cannibal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Stanisław Jerzy Lec:

    Is it progress if a cannibal uses a fork?

  2. Stanislaw Lec:

    Is it progress if a cannibal uses a knife and fork

  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Heaven always bears some proportion to earth. The god of the cannibal will be a cannibal, of the crusades a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant.

  5. Bryan Fuller:

    NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared, and kept us on the air for three seasons despite Cancelation Bear Chow ratings and images that would have shredded the eyeballs of lesser Standards Practices enforcers, [NBC Entertainment exec] Jen Salke and her team have been fantastic partners and creatively supportive beyond measure. 'Hannibal' is finishing his last course at NBC's table this summer, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC.

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