Meaning of “French Canadian” in the English Dictionary

"French Canadian" in British English

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French Canadiannoun [ C ], adjective

uk /ˌfrentʃ kəˈneɪ.di.ən/ us /ˌfrentʃ kəˈneɪ.di.ən/

Examples from literature

  • Did it come from Normandy, the ancestral home of so many French Canadians and of French Canadian song? 
  • In Lower Canada there was still discord among the French Canadians. 
  • She had inherited from her mother a remarkable talent for music, such as many of the French Canadians have strongly developed. 
  • The French Canadians of the Province of Quebec are urging the people to demand complete independence from England. 
  • The girl hadn't a relative or friend in the town, all her folks being French Canadians. 

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

"French Canadian" in American English

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French Canadiannoun [ C ]

us /ˈfrentʃ kəˈneɪ·di·ən/

a person of or coming from the part of Canada where French is the most important language

French Canadian
adjective [ not gradable ] us /ˈfrentʃ·kəˈneɪ·di·ən/

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