Translate canary | into German | into Italian | into Spanish
noun (plural canaries)
- 1a mainly African finch with a melodious song, typically having yellowish-green plumage. One kind is popular as a cage bird and has been bred in a variety of colours, especially bright yellow.
- Genus Serinus, family Fringillidae: several species, especially the island canary (S. canaria), which is native to the Canary Islands, the Azores, and Madeira, and from which the domestic canary was developed
late 16th century: from French canari, from Spanish canario 'canary' or 'person from the Canary Islands' (see Canary Islands)