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Definition of "cat" [cat]

  • A small carnivorous mammal (Felis catus or F. domesticus) domesticated since early times as a catcher of rats and mice and as a pet and existing in several distinctive breeds and varieties. (noun)
  • Any of various other carnivorous mammals of the family Felidae, which includes the lion, tiger, leopard, and lynx. (noun)
  • The fur of a domestic cat. (noun)
  • Informal A woman who is regarded as spiteful. (noun)
  • Slang A person, especially a man. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cat" in a sentence
  • "In a subsequent passage, "I am as melancholy as a gibb'd cat" -- we are told that _cat_ is not the domestic animal of that name, but a contraction of _catin_, a woman of the town."
  • "For example, that familiar animal the cat is called in Guyenne _lou catou_ and even _lou cat_; but the word belongs to the Romance language, and is the same all through Languedoc and"
  • ""To class man and the ape together, or the lion with the cat, and to say that the lion is a _cat with a mane and a long tail_ -- this were to degrade and disfigure nature instead of describing her and denominating her species.""