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kit-kat

[kit-kat]
noun
  1. kit-cat.
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kit-cat

or kit-kat

[kit-kat]
noun
  1. any of a series of half-length portraits of members of the Kit-Cat Club that were painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller between 1702 and 1717, measure almost uniformly 28 × 36 inches (71 × 91 cm), characteristically portray the head, upper torso, and hands, and are now in the National Gallery, London.
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Examples from the Web for kit-kat

Historical Examples of kit-kat

  • The origin and early history of the Kit-Kat Club is obscure.

    Club Life of London, Vol. I (of 2)

    John Timbs

  • Why did you hang that kit-kat of yourself behind the door, Haward?

    Audrey

    Mary Johnston

  • Addison must have been past forty when he became a member of the Kit-kat.

    The Wits and Beaux of Society

    Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton

  • This he did in 1719, and the poor and the Kit-kat must both have felt his loss.

    The Wits and Beaux of Society

    Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton

  • A place among the exclusives of the Kit-kat was only the just reward of such attainments, and he had it.

    The Wits and Beaux of Society

    Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton


Word Origin and History for kit-kat

kit-cat

club founded by Whig politicians in London, 1703; so called from Christopher ("Kit") Catling, keeper of the tavern on Shire Lane, near Temple Bar, in which the club first met. Meaning "a size of portrait less than half length" (1754), supposedly is because the dining room in which portraits of club members hung was too low for half-length portraits.

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