Definition of Canary Islands in English:

Canary Islands

(also the Canaries)

proper noun

  • A group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean, off the NW coast of Africa, forming an autonomous region of Spain; capital, Las Palmas; population 2,098,593 (2009). The group includes the islands of Tenerife, Gomera, La Palma, Hierro, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, and Lanzarote.

Origin

From French Canarie, via Spanish from Latin Canaria (insula) (island) of dogs, from canis dog, one of the islands being noted in Roman times for large dogs.