fe·​line | \ ˈfē-ˌlīn How to pronounce feline (audio) \

Definition of feline

1 : of, relating to, or affecting cats or the cat family
2 : resembling a cat: such as
a : sleekly graceful
c : stealthy

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Other Words from feline

feline noun
felinely adverb
felinity \ fē-​ˈli-​nə-​tē How to pronounce feline (audio) \ noun

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Cats have always provoked a strong reaction from humans. The Egyptians worshipped them, leaving thousands of feline mummies and idols as evidence. In the Middle Ages, felines were feared as agents of the devil, and were thought to creep around silently at night doing evil. (Notice that feline is also a noun.) The fascinating family called the Felidae includes about 40 species of superb hunters, including the lions, tigers, jaguars, cheetahs, cougars, bobcats, and lynxes, and almost all of them are smooth, silent, and independent.

Examples of feline in a Sentence

They move with feline agility. the thief was eerily feline as he moved stealthily through the darkened rooms
Recent Examples on the Web Fill out an application for your feline friend here: bit.ly/382IS9w. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Apr. 2022 Kravitz is feline and fiercely lovely, a girl with her own private pain and motivations; Dano feints and giggles, a simpering loon. Zack Sharf, Variety, 28 Feb. 2022 Kravitz is feline and fiercely lovely, a girl with her own private pain and motivations; Dano feints and giggles, a simpering loon. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 28 Feb. 2022 The White House hasn't had a feline resident since India, President George W. Bush's cat. Darlene Superville, USA TODAY, 28 Jan. 2022 But in the Hollywood Hills, Prince has come face to face with the Southland’s favorite feline citizen, mountain lion P-22, a much more imposing and regal presence. Christian Martinezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 In Boston, the skies are cloudy, the feline mascot is sleepy, but the French roast is stimulating. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 4 Apr. 2022 The claim: The Ukrainian army uses cats to identify sniper laser sights Amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a claim circulating on social media claims feline forces are helping Ukrainian troops. Emiliano Tahui Gómez, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2022 Maryland's feline friends aren't in the clear just yet: Both bills will still need to be passed by the other chamber and sent to Gov. Larry Hogan for final approval. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 19 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of feline

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for feline

Latin felinus, from felis

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Last Updated

5 May 2022

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“Feline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feline. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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fe·​line | \ ˈfē-ˌlīn How to pronounce feline (audio) \

Kids Definition of feline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the domestic cat or a related animal (as a lion) feline anatomy
2 : like or like that of a cat feline movements



Kids Definition of feline (Entry 2 of 2)

: cat


fe·​line | \ ˈfē-ˌlīn How to pronounce feline (audio) \

Medical Definition of feline

: of, relating to, or affecting cats or the family Felidae

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