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  1. belonging or pertaining to the cat family, Felidae.
  2. catlike; characteristic of animals of the cat family: a feline tread.
  3. sly, stealthy, or treacherous.
  1. 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 formsfe·line·ly, adverbfe·line·ness, fe·lin·i·ty [fi-lin-i-tee] /fɪˈlɪn ɪ ti/, nounun·fe·line, adjective
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Related Words for feline

puma, lynx, leopard, tiger, lion, wildcat, jaguar, civet, tom, cheetah

Examples from the Web for feline

Contemporary Examples of feline

Historical Examples of feline

  • It is running like the feline it is, and I am being as careful as I can.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • She scorned that, with a youthful scorn, the feline domination of Esther.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • With feline undulations of hip and shoulder, the secretary left the room at once.


    Joseph Conrad

  • Amid all his tasks he moved with a sort of feline restlessness.


    Stephen French Whitman

  • Perhaps there was in her something of the feline; the instinct of the cat to gambol with its prey.

British Dictionary definitions for feline


  1. 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)
  2. resembling or suggestive of a cat, esp in stealth or grace
noun Also: felid (ˈfiːlɪd)
  1. any animal belonging to the family Felidae; a cat
Derived Formsfelinely, adverbfelineness or felinity (fɪˈlɪnɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for feline

C17: from Latin fēlīnus, from fēlēs cat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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

feline in Science


  1. Characteristic of or resembling felids.
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