kees·​hond ˈkās-ˌhȯnt How to pronounce keeshond (audio)
plural keeshonden ˈkās-ˌhȯn-dən How to pronounce keeshond (audio)
: any of a Dutch breed of compact medium-sized dogs that have a dense heavy grayish coat and a foxy head

Examples of keeshond in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ordinarily, teasing out a keeshond’s fur to its largest possible circumference is a key part of its pre-show grooming routine — and ordinarily, the prestigious event is held indoors. Washington Post, 14 June 2021

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Word History


Dutch, probably from Kees, nickname for Cornelis Cornelius + hond dog, from Middle Dutch; akin to Old English hund hound

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of keeshond was in 1926

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“Keeshond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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