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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History and Etymology for kit-cat

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

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“Kit-cat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kit-cat. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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