Definition of Canary Islands in English:

Canary Islands

(also the Canaries)

proper noun

  • A group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean, off the northwestern coast of Africa, that forms an autonomous region of Spain; capital, Las Palmas; population 2,098,593 (2009)

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.

Pronunciation

Canary Islands

/kəˈnɛri ˌaɪləndz//kəˈnerē ˌīləndz/