Cheshire cat

noun

Chesh·​ire cat ˈche-shər- How to pronounce Cheshire cat (audio)
: a broadly grinning cat in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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Word History

Etymology

Cheshire, England

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cheshire cat was in 1866

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Cite this Entry

“Cheshire cat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cheshire%20cat. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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