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Definition of "canard" [ca•nard]

  • An unfounded or false, deliberately misleading story. (noun)
  • A short winglike control surface projecting from the fuselage of an aircraft, such as a space shuttle, mounted forward of the main wing and serving as a horizontal stabilizer. (noun)
  • An aircraft whose horizontal stabilizing surfaces are forward of the main wing. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "canard" in a sentence
  • "Blog Guy, are you ever going to get over the fact that the word "canard" is duck in French, but a false rumor in English?"
  • "But, oh oh, looks like that little canard is already falling apart."
  • "Thomas, Al, the “disinvite” canard is disingenuous - Blair House has over 100 rooms and amenities like salons and florists on site."