kit-cat

noun
variants: or kit-kat \ˈkitˌkat\

Definition of kit-cat

1 usually capitalized K&C or both Ks : a member of an early 18th century London club of Whig politicians and men of letters
2
[probably so called from the portraits hung in a dining room of the Kit-cat club whose low ceiling made the smaller size necessary]
: a portrait of less than half length but including the hands
  • some thirty major portraits hanging on the walls, besides kit-cats, heads, sketches … and all the lesser oddities of a collection many years in the making
  • —Clemence Dane

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Origin and Etymology of kit-cat

after Kit (Christopher) Cat or Catling, 18th century English keeper of the tavern where the club originally met


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