Cadillac

[ kad-l-ak; for 1 also French ka-dee-yak ]
/ ˈkæd lˌæk; for 1 also French ka diˈyak /
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noun

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.
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Cadillac


n.

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.

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