Definition of Canary

1. Noun. Someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police.

Exact synonyms: Fink, Sneak, Sneaker, Snitch, Snitcher, Stool Pigeon, Stoolie, Stoolpigeon
Generic synonyms: Betrayer, Blabber, Informer, Rat, Squealer
Derivative terms: Fink, Snitch, Snitch

2. Adjective. Having the color of a canary; of a light to moderate yellow.
Exact synonyms: Canary-yellow
Similar to: Chromatic

3. Noun. A female singer.
Language type: Colloquialism
Generic synonyms: Singer, Vocaliser, Vocalist, Vocalizer

4. Noun. A moderate yellow with a greenish tinge.
Exact synonyms: Canary Yellow
Generic synonyms: Yellow, Yellowness

5. Noun. Any of several small Old World finches.
Exact synonyms: Canary Bird
Generic synonyms: Finch
Group relationships: Genus Serinus, Serinus
Specialized synonyms: Common Canary, Serinus Canaria

Definition of Canary

1. a. Of or pertaining to the Canary Islands; as, canary wine; canary birds.

2. n. Wine made in the Canary Islands; sack.

3. v. i. To perform the canary dance; to move nimbly; to caper.

Definition of Canary

1. Noun. (soccer) someone connected with w:Norwich City Football Club Norwich City Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc. ¹

2. Noun. A small, usually yellow, finch (genus ''Serinus''), a songbird native to the Canary Islands. ¹

3. Noun. Any of various small birds of different countries, most of which are largely yellow in colour. ¹

4. Noun. A light, slightly greenish, yellow colour. ¹

5. Noun. A light, sweet, white wine from the Canary Islands. ¹

6. Noun. A lively dance, possibly of Spanish origin (also called ''canaries''). ¹

7. Noun. Any test subject, especially an inadvertent or unwilling one. (From the mining practice of using canaries to detect dangerous gases.) ¹

8. Noun. (informal) A female singer, soprano, a coloratura singer. ¹

9. Noun. (slang) An informer or snitch; a squealer. ¹

10. Noun. (slang) A (usually yellow) capsule of Nembutalâ„¢ barbiturate. ¹

11. Noun. (Australia informal) A yellow sticker of unroadworthiness. ¹

12. Adjective. Of a light yellow colour. ¹

13. Verb. (intransitive) to dance nimbly (as in the canary dance) ¹

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Definition of Canary

1. a songbird [n -NARIES] - See also: songbird

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Canary

canals for lesser palatine nerves
canals of Scarpa
canals of Schlemm
canary (current term)
canary bird
canary creeper
canary in a coal mine
canary seed
canary whitewood
canary yellow
canarybird flower
canarybird vine
canarypox virus

Literary usage of Canary

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1. Inheritance in Canaries by Charles Benedict Davenport (1908)
"Black, on the other hand, is a color that belongs both to the wild canary and the goldfinch. The yellow canary has merely lost one factor necessary to the ..."

2. Handbook of Nature-study for Teachers and Parents, Based on the Cornell by Anna Botsford Comstock (1911)
"THE canary AND THE GOLDFINCH Teacher's Story N childhood the language of birds ... What child, who cares for a canary, does not understand its notes which ..."

3. Opinions of Eminent Lawyers on Various Points of English Jurisprudence by George Chalmers (1858)
"Mr. Fane's opinion on tlie carriage of canary wines directly to the British ... Since the passing of this act, it has been a custom to export canary wines ..."

4. The New-York magazine; or, Literary repository (1792)
"But when the female Goldfinch is put to a male canary bird, the pairing takes ... To fuc- ceed, a male canary bird is never to b? put into a cage where ..."

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