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[fee-lahyn] /ˈfi laɪn/
belonging or pertaining to the cat family, Felidae.
catlike; characteristic of animals of the cat family:
a feline tread.
sly, stealthy, or treacherous.
an animal of the cat family.
Origin of feline
1675-85; < Latin fēl(ēs) (see Felis) + -ine1; compare Late Latin fēlīneus of a wild cat
Related forms
felinely, adverb
felineness, felinity
[fi-lin-i-tee] /fɪˈlɪn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
unfeline, adjective Unabridged
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  • And Whiskey was the gamest of the game, yet he never showed his teeth to his feline friend.

    Cats W. Gordon Stables
  • The latter grinned with feline humor after they held a short conference.

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
  • Human madness is oftentimes a cunning and most feline thing.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • He seemed to find a feline pleasure in seeing how far he could taunt me to go.

    A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
  • He prayed earnestly that the owners of the feline trinity he had just let loose were affectionately disposed towards their cats.

    '19,000' Burford Delannoy
British Dictionary definitions for feline


of, relating to, or belonging to the Felidae, a family of predatory mammals, including cats, lions, leopards, and cheetahs, typically having a round head and retractile claws: order Carnivora (carnivores)
resembling or suggestive of a cat, esp in stealth or grace
any animal belonging to the family Felidae; a cat
Derived Forms
felinely, adverb
felineness, felinity (fɪˈlɪnɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin fēlīnus, from fēlēs cat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for feline

1680s, from Late Latin felinus "of or belonging to a cat," from Latin feles (genitive felis) "cat, wild cat, marten," of uncertain origin. As a noun, from 1861.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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feline in Science
Characteristic of or resembling felids.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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