The common people; the masses.
[French, from Italian canaglia, pack of dogs, rabble, from cane, dog, from Latin canis; see kwon- in Indo-European roots.]
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the masses; mob; rabble
[C17: from French, from Italian canaglia pack of dogs]
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[1670–80; < French < Italian canaglia pack of dogs < Latin canis]
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Canaillethe rabble; a mob; the lowest class of people, 1676.
Example: canaille of miscreants, 1680.
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