View definitions for canary


adjective as in buff

noun as in fink

noun as in informant

noun as in songbird

noun as in squealer

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Example Sentences

The person said the data was “deeply disconcerting” and a “canary in the coal mine” for scientists who had seen the data.

For canaries, just seeing their feathered friends get sick may be enough to preemptively rev up their immune systems.

The breakthrough cases resulting in hospitalization or death will, she says, serve as a canary in the coal mine for when vaccine protection might be waning for whatever reason.

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He’s now a canary to test whether humans might safely cohabitate with the silent invaders.

The building is bright yellow, and nearly everything inside is some shade of goldenrod or canary or banana.

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“This is not a judgment of guilt, nor is it a suspension of any other canonical penalty,” Canary wrote.

The aforementioned stories may very well be legitimate, but let's consider them a sort of canary in the coal mine.

As has often been the case with issues of LGBT equality, this vote is the canary in the coalmine.

It's like she is in Fashion Jail and only allowed to wear frumpy dated Sloane florals and old lady canary yellow.

Since retail can be the canary in the coal mine for the broader economy, there's real reason to be anxious.

On the 7th of August we neared the Canary Isles, but unfortunately, on account of the thick fog, we could not see them.

Their present canary was quite the most delightful little creature they had ever possessed.

The Canary Islands boast of two bishoprics, both of which are now vacant, yet have not one newspaper.

Neither the pine-apple nor water-melon grow in Teneriffe, but abundance of the latter are brought from Grand Canary.

She is like a canary bird; when others begin to speak, she hurries in her remarks, in an accompaniment.


On this page you'll find 420 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to canary, such as: blonde, ecru, lemon, ochre, straw, and tan.

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