1. allegiance to or pride in Canada and its institutions.
  2. a custom, trait, or thing distinctive of Canada or its citizens.
  3. an English word, idiom, phrase, or pronunciation that originated or is distinctively used in Canada.


  1. the Canadian national character or spirit
  2. loyalty to Canada, its political independence, culture, etc
  3. a linguistic usage, custom, or other feature peculiar to or characteristic of Canada, its people, or their culture

1875, from Canadian + -ism.

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