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Idioms about cat

    bell the cat, to attempt something formidable or dangerous.
    let the cat out of the bag, to divulge a secret, especially inadvertently or carelessly: He let the cat out of the bag, and the surprise party wasn't a surprise after all.

Origin of cat

First recorded before 900; Middle English cat, catte, Old English catt (masculine), catte (feminine); cognate with Old Frisian, Middle Dutch katte, Old High German kazza, Old Norse kǫttr, Irish cat, Welsh cath (unattested Slavic kotŭ, Lithuanian katė̃ perhaps from Germanic ), Late Latin cattus, catta (first attested in the 4th century, presumably with the introduction of domestic cats); further origin uncertain

Other definitions for cat (2 of 4)

Cat
[ kat ]
/ kæt /

Trademark.
a Caterpillar tractor.

Other definitions for cat (3 of 4)

CAT

clear-air turbulence.
Medicine/Medical. computerized axial tomography.
Compare CAT scanner.

Other definitions for cat (4 of 4)

cat.

abbreviation
catalog; catalogue.
catechism.
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How to use cat in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cat (1 of 5)

cat1
/ (kæt) /

noun
verb cats, catting or catted

Derived forms of cat

catlike, adjectivecattish, adjective

Word Origin for cat

Old English catte, from Latin cattus; related to Old Norse köttr, Old High German kazza, Old French chat, Russian kot

British Dictionary definitions for cat (2 of 5)

cat2
/ (kæt) /

noun
informal short for catamaran (def. 1)

British Dictionary definitions for cat (3 of 5)

cat3
/ (kæt) /

noun
  1. short for catalytic converter
  2. (as modifier)a cat car
adjective
short for catalytic a cat cracker

British Dictionary definitions for cat (4 of 5)

CAT

abbreviation for
computer-aided teaching
computer-assisted trading

British Dictionary definitions for cat (5 of 5)

cat.

abbreviation for
catalogue
catamaran
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