Meaning of “canary” in the English Dictionary


"canary" in English

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canarynoun [ C ]

uk /kəˈneə.ri/ us /kəˈner.i/

Examples from literature

  • I do think that it would make me very happy to have a dear little bird, that would know me, and turn his bright, black eyes up to me, like Mary Day's little canary. 
  • In Italy, therefore, we find the first tame canaries, and here they are still reared in great numbers. 
  • The canary in the green cage that hung in the window put its head on one side and tweaked a seed husk out into Philip's face, then twittered defiantly. 
  • Then presently some of the birds fell to noise making just as you will hear canaries sing when some one whistles, or women talk when a piano commences to play. 
  • There were all sorts of birds here, those tiny birds from the African coast one sees in the shops of the Riviera, canaries and parrots. 

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

"canary" in American English

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canarynoun [ C ]

us /kəˈner·i/

a small, yellow bird, popular as a pet in a cage

(Definition of “canary” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)