canard n : a deliberately misleading fabrication
EtymologyFrom canard. It has been suggested that there was a French phrase "to half-sell a duck" which meant to fool or cheat someone.
- Rhymes: -ɑː(r)d
- A false or misleading report or story, especially if deliberately so.
- A type of aircraft in which the primary horizontal control and stabilization surfaces are in front of the main wing.
- 2005: It’s a cinch, now that Spurling has cleared away a century’s worth of misapprehensions and canards. — The New Yorker, 29 August 2005, page 78.
EtymologyFrom cane + -ard, which evolved from the Old French ane (from the Latin anas). It has been suggested that the addition of the c enabled the word to be distinguished from âne.
Canard is French for duck, and is often used in English to refer to a deliberately false story, originating from an abbreviated form of an old French idiom, "vendre un canard à moitié," meaning "to half-sell a duck." In French it can also mean a journal. It may refer to:
- Canard (aeronautics), flight control surfaces mounted at the front of an aircraft or an aircraft bearing such surfaces
- Le Canard enchaîné, a satirical French newspaper. The newspaper itself gave birth to another meaning for canard: newspaper.
canard in French: Canard (homonymie)
canard in Dutch: Canard
canard in Japanese: カナード
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