Definition of Canaille

1. n. The lowest class of people; the rabble; the vulgar.

Definition of Canaille

1. Noun. The lowest class of people; the rabble; the vulgar. ¹

2. Noun. (Canada) Shorts or inferior flour. ¹

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Definition of Canaille

1. the common people [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Canaille

can of worms
can opener
can openers
can we say
can you help me
can you tell us
canaille (current term)
canal boat
canal of Guyon
canal of Hering
canal of Hovius
canal of Schlemm

Literary usage of Canaille

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1. A History of the People of the United States: From the Revolution to the by John Bach McMaster (1885)
"The terms "well-born" and "canaille multitude" can only apply to a monarchy or ... and the hewing of wood and the drawing of water to the canaille multitude ..."

2. The French Court and Society: Reign of Louis XVI and First Empire by Catherine Charlotte Jackson (1881)
"... nobility, and the canaille—The entry of Mirabeau —A sensation—A memorable day—The ... boudoir ministry —Exit of the grandees—Exit of the canaille. ..."

3. The South-west by Joseph Holt Ingraham (1835)
"Bachelor's comforts—A valuable valet—Disembarked at the Levee—A fair Castilian—canaille—The Crescent city—Reminiscence of school days—French ..."

4. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"Voltaire's farewell to Holland is a classic : " Adieu, canaux, canards, canaille." Very good, too, is the following from Mortimer Collins, ..."

5. Great Britain in 1833 by Haussez (Charles Le Mercher de Longpré) (1833)
"THE ENGLISH canaille. THE lower classes in England are distinguished by a grossness ... When there are no more direct means of offence, the English canaille ..."

6. The Court of the Tuileries from the Restoration to the Flight of Louis Philippe by Catherine Charlotte Jackson (1897)
""The canaille Must be Coerced." — A Mark of Royal Favour. — Not a Vivat Greets Him. — What Is the Reason ? — False Hopes. — Two Great Events. ..."

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