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Definition of "canaille" []

  • The masses of the people; the proletariat. (noun)
  • Rabble; riffraff. (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 "canaille" in a sentence
  • "The emperor has written the word canaille—“vile creature”—in the margin here."
  • "As for our ministry and the intendants of the provinces, the financiers and what may be called the canaille, they felt all the extent of their loss."
  • "The Count caught the popular contagion, and after exchanging tears and kisses with patriots whom a week before he had called canaille, he swore eternal fidelity to the"