[keys-hond, kees-]
noun, plural kees·hon·den [keys-hon-duh n, kees-] /ˈkeɪsˌhɒn dən, ˈkis-/.
  1. one of a Dutch breed of small dogs having thick, silver-gray hair tipped with black and a tail carried over the back.

Origin of keeshond

1925–30; < Dutch, probably special use of Kees (shortening of proper name Cornelius) + hond dog; see hound1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for keeshond


noun plural -honds or -honden (-ˌhɒndən)
  1. a breed of dog of the spitz type with a shaggy greyish coat and tightly curled tail, originating in Holland

Word Origin for keeshond

C20: from Dutch, probably from Kees nickname for Cornelis Cornelius, from Latin + hond hound 1
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