Definition of canaille in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈnɑːi/
Pronunciation: /kanaj/


(the canaille) derogatory
The common people; the masses: the haughty contempt of a grandee sneering at the canaille
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  • Brummell did the reverse, reinforcing exclusivism in the coming age of industry, teaching the upper classes to rely on cut to distinguish themselves from the canaille.
  • Of course, a separate competition will have to be mounted for politicians, who cannot fairly be allowed to tilt with common canaille.
  • All social institutions have been adapted to suit the prejudices of a canaille debased beyond any degeneracy that our forefathers could have imagined.


French, from Italian canaglia 'pack of dogs', from cane 'dog'.

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