canard

[kuh-nahrd; French ka-nar]
noun, plural canards [kuh-nahrdz; French ka-nar] .
1.
a false or baseless, usually derogatory story, report, or rumor.
2.
Cookery. a duck intended or used for food.
3.
Aeronautics.
a.
an airplane that has its horizontal stabilizer and elevators located forward of the wing.
b.
Also called canard wing. one of two small lifting wings located in front of the main wings.
c.
an early airplane having a pusher engine with the rudder and elevator assembly in front of the wings.

Origin:
1840–50; < French: literally, duck; Old French quanart drake, orig. cackler, equivalent to can(er) to cackle (of expressive orig.) + -art -art, as in mallart drake; see mallard

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To canard
Collins
World English Dictionary
canard (kæˈnɑːd, French kanar)
 
n
1.  a false report; rumour or hoax
2.  an aircraft in which the tailplane is mounted in front of the wing
 
[C19: from French: a duck, hoax, from Old French caner to quack, of imitative origin]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

canard
before 1850, from Fr. canard "a hoax," lit. "a duck" (from O.Fr. quanart, probably echoic of a duck's quack); said by Littré to be from the phrase vendre un canard à moitié "to half-sell a duck," thus, from some long-forgotten joke, "to cheat."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
There's that canard again, from people who ought to know better.
And the canard about tenure making it difficult to fire teachers is ridiculous.
By repeating this false canard you provide an interesting example of the tide of misinformation.
The old there isn't enough cropland to replace oil is a canard as one doesn't have to replace all oil with any one fuel.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature