Cheshire cat


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

Examples of Cheshire cat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Walker and Stones live south of Manchester in Cheshire, meaning Dave will soon be a Cheshire cat. Staff Writer follow, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2022 Another great option is going as a Mad Hatter and the Cheshire cat who just jumped our of the Wonderland for Halloween. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, 20 Oct. 2022 The purple and pink Cheshire cat smiles from above, while the little caterpillar smokes on a mushroom across the way. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 9 June 2022 Like the Cheshire cat, really; just off to the side, watching, a little wicked, a little charming, a lot mysterious. Benjamin Lindsay, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2021 Bruce navigates his compact kitchen with the grace of an elegant Cheshire cat., 2 Nov. 2021 So, with the invisible, ubiquitous tenacity of Lewis Carrol's Cheshire cat, the pollution will foul our atmosphere -- and overheat the globe -- far into the 22nd century. James Gerstenzang, CNN, 1 Aug. 2021 Wandering into the Cheshire cat’s territory, Cynthia at one point encounters a hostile border guard. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2021 Make like the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland with vibrant purple face paint and a huge, toothy grin. Michella Oré, Glamour, 19 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History


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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“Cheshire cat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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