cat's meow

noun

: a highly admired person or thing

Example Sentences

this flapper-style dress was the cat's meow back in the roaring 1920s
Recent Examples on the Web Sandhu responded with a cat's meow that became an instant internet meme, while Harvey received criticism on Twitter for the question. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 13 Dec. 2021 Then light a candle and get ready for smiles all around at this cat's meow. Joan Lang, Woman's Day, 5 Sep. 2019 Madeline Winer The Duchess This spot is the cat's meow of fine Dutch dining. Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, 29 May 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cat's meow was in 1921

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“Cat's meow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cat%27s%20meow. Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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