Thesaurus

catbird seat

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of catbird seat

1 the more favorable condition or position in a competition
  • your fluency in French should put you in the catbird seat for getting the Paris posting

Synonyms for catbird seat

Words Related to catbird seat

Phrases Synonymous with catbird seat

Near Antonyms for catbird seat

Antonyms for catbird seat

2 the center of public attention
  • in the wake of the natural disaster, this obscure bureaucrat was suddenly and unexpectedly thrust into the catbird seat

Synonyms for catbird seat

Words Related to catbird seat

Near Antonyms for catbird seat

  • back burner
See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about catbird seat

Time Traveler for catbird seat

Time Traveler

The first known use of catbird seat was in 1942

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast about catbird seat

Cite this Entry

“Catbird seat.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/catbird%20seat. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on catbird seat

Dictionary: Definition of catbird seat

Nglish: Translation of catbird seat for Spanish Speakers

Comments on catbird seat

What made you want to look up catbird seat? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!