Definition of Canadian football in US English:

Canadian football


  • A form of football played in Canada, derived from rugby but now resembling American football. There are twelve players on a side.

    • ‘When he came to town, we talked for almost two hours about American football and how Canadian football was better.’
    • ‘Lord Grey presented the Grey Cup for Canadian football and Lord Minto the Minto Cup for lacrosse.’
    • ‘In 1896 the size of the Canadian football field was set at 110 yards by 65 yards, it was also the year that the first rulebook was published by the CRU.’
    • ‘The rule is only applicable in Canadian football games.’
    • ‘We'd just experienced the razzmatazz of Canadian football and third division football on cold, wet Saturday afternoons provided a stark contrast.’
    • ‘In order to gain a grassroots appreciation of the Canadian football scene I have interviewed self-proclaimed football yokel Joe Klyne, who has played football since he was old enough to multiply by seven.’
    • ‘The only other sport even roughly similar to this is American and Canadian football as played in North America.’
    • ‘He has also choreographed the half-time entertainment at Canadian football games.’
    • ‘At a national level it has hosted a range of events and is home to baseball's Trappers, Canadian football's Eskimos and ice hockey's Oilers.’
    • ‘It also has the homes of the Expos baseball team and the Alouettes Canadian football team, and soon will have the Canadiens.’
    • ‘Give it a couple of years and I think Canadian football will be in much better shape.’
    • ‘Well, the same cannot be said about the management of these two Canadian football clubs.’


Canadian football

/kəˌnādēən ˈfo͝otbôl/