Definition of Canada in English:


Line breaks: Can¦ada
Pronunciation: /ˈkanədə
The second-largest country in the world, covering the entire northern half of North America with the exception of Alaska; population 33,487,200 (est. 2009); official languages, English and French; capital, Ottawa.

Eastern Canada was colonized by the French in the 17th century, with the British emerging as the ruling colonial power in 1763 after the Seven Years War. Canada became a federation of provinces with dominion status in 1867, and the final step in attaining legal independence from the UK was taken with the signing of the Constitution Act of 1982; Canada remains a member of the Commonwealth. French-speakers are largely concentrated in Quebec, the focal point for the French-Canadian separatist movement



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  • The North Battleford and Walkerton water disasters hit Canadians as a mighty shock.
  • Compare the Aussies to the Canadians and you'll soon see there is no comparison.
  • His party, the new leader, and the vast majority of Canadians disagreed with him.


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  • The use of the odd Canadianism, too - ‘get the puck in the net’ - keeps employees on their toes.
  • I think I am more left-wing for living somewhere right-wing; I know I use more Canadianisms, and that I raise vowels more.
  • The chance to see the use of Canadianisms on screen will keep you commenting the entire time.

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