Meaning of canary

ca•nar•y

Pronunciation: (ku-nâr'ē), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -nar•ies,
—n.
  1. any of several Old World finches of the genus Serinus, esp. S. canarianative to the Canary Islands and often kept as a pet, in the wild being greenish with brown streaks above and yellow below and in domesticated varieties usually bright yellow or pale yellow.
  2. a light, clear yellow color.
  3. informer (def. 1).
  4. a female singer, esp. with a dance band.
  5. a sweet white wine of the Canary Islands, resembling sherry.
  6. a yellow diamond.
—adj.
  1. having the color canary.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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