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Definition of "canary" []

  • A small finch (Serinus canaria) native to the Canary Islands that is greenish to yellow and has long been bred as a cage bird. (noun)
  • Slang A woman singer. (noun)
  • Slang An informer; a stool pigeon. (noun)
  • A sweet white wine from the Canary Islands, similar to Madeira. (noun)
  • A light to moderate or vivid yellow. (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 "canary" in a sentence
  • "Just keep Hal's team with the possible additions of Zatanna and Black canary from the current team, and you have a team worth reading!"
  • "“Ever walk into a dealership and say, ‘Give me the big one, in canary yellow?’”"
  • "I think the island canary is dead and they are right at a brick wall."