Cheshire cat

noun
Chesh·​ire cat | \ˈche-shər- \

Definition of Cheshire cat 

: a broadly grinning cat in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

First Known Use of Cheshire cat

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Cheshire cat

Cheshire, England

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