Meaning of “canard” in the English Dictionary

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"canard" in British English

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canardnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkæn.ɑːd/ us /kəˈnɑːrd/ literary

Examples from literature

  • I don't think people realize how careful we are on financial matters—they seem to think that a popular paper will print any sort of canard offhand. 
  • It was even said that the Germans were marching on Brussels, but this was contradicted afterwards as a sensational canard. 
  • The report that she was injured in the fire by which her stable was burned, proves to be a canard. 
  • The story of an armed band surrounding the bank had been a canard. 
  • Where did this ridiculous canard originate? demanded a pompous and elderly gentleman as he tugged at his closely cropped mustache with a nervousness belying his scepticism. 

(Definition of “canard” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)