- Word History
|part of speech:
||an island in the Atlantic Ocean that is part of the eastern Canadian province officially named Newfoundland and Labrador.
||(informal) the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
||a type of very large dog with a dense, usu. black coat; Newfoundland dog.
Italian explorer John Cabot named the island of Newfoundland
"new founde isle" in 1497. By 1502, English maps showed the area as "New found launde."