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Jun 11, 2015
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spaniel
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spaniel

PRONUNCIATION:
(SPAN-yuhl)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A submissive or fawning person.
2. Any of several breeds of small to medium-sized dogs with long drooping ears and a silky coat.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French espaignol/espaigneul (Spanish dog), from Hispaniolus (Spanish), from Hispania (Spain). Earliest documented use: 1386.

USAGE:
“Helena: I am your spaniel. And, Demetrius,
The more you beat me, I will fawn on you.”
William Shakespeare; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 1590s.

See more usage examples of spaniel in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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