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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old North French
Origin: canevas, from Latin cannabis 'hemp'


1 [uncountable]TIM strong cloth used to make bags, tents, shoes etc:
a canvas bag
2 [countable]AVP a painting done with oil paints, or the piece of cloth it is painted on:
The gallery has a canvas by Paul Cézanne.
'Four Women on a Bench', oil on canvas , 1991

a broader/wider/larger canvas

the whole of a situation, and not just a part of it:
These questions must be considered on a broader canvas.

under canvas

British EnglishDLO in a tent

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