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



BrE BrE//ˈneəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈneri//
(pl. canaries) Pets, Birds
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  • a small yellow bird with a beautiful song, often kept in a cage as a pet See related entries: Pets, Birds
  • Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French canari, from Spanish canario ‘canary’ or ‘person from the Canary Islands’.Idioms
    like a cat that’s got the cream (British English) (US English 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’s got the cream. She was almost purring with pleasure.
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