[kad-l-ak; for 1 also French ka-dee-yak]


An·toine de la Mothe [ahn-twan duh la mawt] /ɑ̃ˈtwan də la ˈmɔt/, 1657?–1730, French colonial governor in North America: founder of Detroit.
a city in NW Michigan. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of cadillac

Historical Examples of cadillac

  • The fire did destroy a lot of the Cadillac, and there's just no telling.

    Out Like a Light

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • The Cadillac hit the embankment, flipped over the edge, and smashed.

    Out Like a Light

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Some nerve; a flivver calling to a Cadillac to stop, I said.

  • They stopped, inspected the Cadillac and found it serviceable.

    Deadly City

    Paul W. Fairman

  • She had taken her clothes and jewelry and the second Cadillac.

    Confidence Game

    James McKimmey

Word Origin and History for cadillac



Cadillac Automobile Company, established in 1902 by Detroit engine-maker Henry Martyn Leland and named for Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac (1658-1730), French minor aristocrat and colonial governor who founded Detroit in 1701.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper