Definition of cane noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//keɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//keɪn//
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  1. 1 [countable] the hard hollow stem of some plants, for example bamboo or sugar See related entries: Gardening
  2. 2[uncountable] these stems used as a material for making furniture, etc. a cane chair
  3. 3[countable] a piece of cane or a thin stick, used as a support for plants bean plants supported by bamboo canes See related entries: Gardening
  4. 4[countable] a piece of cane or a thin stick, used to help somebody to walk He clutched a top hat and a silver-topped cane. see also walking stick
  5. 5[countable] a piece of cane or a thin stick, used in the past in some schools for beating children as a punishment to get the cane (= be punished with a cane)
  6. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, via Latin from Greek kanna, kannē, of Semitic origin.Extra examples The headmaster threatened to give them the cane. a basket made of cane an old man with a wooden walking cane
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