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Definition of "canned" []

  • Preserved and sealed in a can or jar. (adjective)
  • Informal Recorded or taped for repeated use on television or radio: canned laughter. (adjective)
  • Informal Used repeatedly with little or no change: a canned speech. (adjective)
  • Informal Totally unoriginal; devoid of individuality: "Most [soundtrack albums] contain homogenized dance tracks that provide little more than canned excitement” ( Boston Globe). (adjective)

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 "canned" in a sentence
  • "My mother's mid-20th-century aesthetic prompted her to keep a pantry well-stocked with evaporated milk, which she called "canned cream.""
  • "Add the canned tomatoes and fry -- briefly if using roasted but longer, maybe 10 minutes, if using plain canned tomatoes."
  • "I will poach two gently in canned broth with some sliced onions and garlic cloves for about half an hour."