canaille

canaille

[kuh-neyl; French ka-nah-yuh]
noun
riffraff; rabble.

Origin:
1670–80; < French < Italian canaglia pack of dogs, equivalent to can(e) dog (< Latin canis) + -aglia collective suffix

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canaille (kanɑj)
 
n
the masses; mob; rabble
 
[C17: from French, from Italian canaglia pack of dogs]

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canaille
"rabble," from Fr. canaille (16c.), from It. canaglia, lit. "a pack of dogs," from cane "dog."
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