Definition of canary noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

canary

 noun
noun
NAmE//kəˈnɛri//
 
(pl. canaries)
 
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  • a small yellow bird with a beautiful song, often kept in a cage as a pet
  • Idioms
    like the cat that got/ate/swallowed the canary
     
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    very pleased with yourself synonym smug She looked like a cat that got the canary—she was almost purring with pleasure.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: canary

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